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Bakken Briefings

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School bids higher than anticipated Elation for the overwhelming acceptance of a Tioga School District bond issue earlier this year has turned to consternation now that a construction bid has come in 25 percent higher than anticipated. Low bids came in around $325 a square foot. Tioga School Board President Mark Schmidt said that’s $160 a square foot more than ...

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Missionaries find big challenges in N.D. oil fields

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 By JOSH WOOD | Associated Press WILLISTON, N.D. — At the end of another backbreaking shift, North Dakota oil workers shuffle back to their barracks and line up in the cafeteria to refuel with plates of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and cake, trudging past fliers advertising a weekly non-denominational religious service. The grizzled men ignore the invitation from Bakken ...

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Western North Dakota getting several inches of snow

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Winterlike weather in western North Dakota on Monday kicked off Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week in the state. The irony didn’t escape National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Mathews, though he said snow at this time of year is not unusual. “Spring storms can certainly give North Dakota some snowfall,” he said. The snow, and rain in other ...

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Judge grants new attorney for N.D. man questioned in Spokane murder case

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By Mike Nowatzki, Forum News Service BISMARCK – A federal judge has granted a request for a new attorney by a Watford City man who faces felony weapons charges here and has been questioned in a suspected murder-for-hire case in Washington state. James Terry Henrikson made the request earlier this month, claiming that his appointed federal public defender, William Schmidt, went ...

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Dickinson, Watford City post offices to introduce ‘swipe and go’ technology

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By Nadya Faulx , The Dickinson Press Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced today that six U.S. Postal Service locations across the state will be introducing mobile point of sale devices this week. Post offices in Dickinson and Watford City are among those who will begin using mPOS devices, which allow employees to process transactions away from the counter and allow customers with ...

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Work begins on Watford City bypass

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By April Baumgarten  Construction work has begun on portions of Highway 85, officials said Thursday. Workers are on the oilfield connector route four miles west of Watford City to begin work for the city’s truck bypass. The three-lane road will be reduced to two lanes with head-to-head traffic, according to a release. Speeds will also be reduced to 25 mph and ...

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Sidney girl dies in rollover accident

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By: The Dickinson Press A 16-year-old Sidney, Mont., girl is dead after a rollover accident east of the town Wednesday evening, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Two 16-year-old girls from Sidney were traveling south in a 1999 Ford Explorer on Cheney Creek Road when the driver allegedly failed to maintain control of the vehicle, running it into the ...

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Bakken Briefings

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Via the Bismark Tribune Bakken Breifly Robinson Lake plant to expand The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday on a proposed expansion of the Robinson Lake Gas Plant located about eight miles northeast of New Town. The Robinson Lake Gas Plant, owned by Whiting Oil and Gas Corp., was originally constructed in 2007 to process ...

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