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Fire reported at drilling rig near Watford City


By Lauren Donovan A fire was reported Tuesday afternoon on a Nabors Drilling rig at a Whiting Petroleum oil well location near Watford City. Preliminary reports are that at least one worker was injured in the incident. Details were not immediately available. Department of Mineral Resources spokeswoman Alison Ritter said a department inspector was at the site Tuesday and more details ...

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Letter: Great opportunity in Watford City

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By: Steve Erickson, Duluth, Minn. , INFORUM Extraordinary support for the Watford City, N.D., school bond vote is a strong indicator of the faith and optimism held by the local community. With their vote, Watford City residents signaled a positive, long-term outlook for what the energy boom means for the community. It recognizes the opportunities that still lie ahead in transforming into ...

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Semi plunges into icy drainage ditch


The driver of a semi hauling two trailers lost control while traveling west on Interstate 94 and plunged into a ice-covered drainage ditch one mile west of exit 176 near McKenzie on Monday night. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said driver Bradley Williams, 58, of Twin Valley, Minn., rear-ended another truck driven by Scott Finlayson, 44, of St. Cloud, Minn., ...

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Opinion: We’re not all reckless in oil country

Abandoned House

By Jessie Veeder The snow has thawed, slowly revealing a brown, muddy world, one littered with things forgotten under the five-month blanket. A pile of wood, a stack of leftover pallets, shingles from an unfinished garage roof sit just where we left them. Like our home, this new world that exists out here in western North Dakota remains in a constant ...

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Land Board grants $8 million to Watford City for school-related infrastructure


By Forum News Service BISMARCK — The state Land Board voted unanimously Monday to grant a special request by Watford City and the McKenzie County School District for $8 million in energy impact grant dollars to help pay for infrastructure needed to support a new $50 million high school and residential development. Board members also committed to providing the school district ...

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Board to consider special request for $11 million for Watford City school infrastructure


By Mike Nowatzki BISMARCK – Watford City leaders are asking the state Land Board to break routine and speed up grant dollars to help pay for infrastructure for a $50 million high school approved by voters last week. The Department of Trust Lands is recommending approval of the city’s special request for $11 million in emergency funds from the state’s Oil ...

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Spring rolls out with street damage concerns: Potholes, weight limits cause issues


By Katherine Grandstrand After a long, cold winter, it’s easy to welcome spring with open arms. But as the ground thaws, it leaves roads vulnerable to damage. That is why several roads have had weight restrictions placed on them for the first several weeks of the spring season. Those who break the weight restrictions will pay a hefty fine, Stark County ...

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Ward County Jail expansion moves ahead: Overcrowding leads to more fights, other western ND counties also mull jail options

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By Mike Nowatzki  NOT — Putting two men in a double-bunked jail cell with a single toilet is bound to create some tension. And the line for the loo isn’t getting any shorter at the crowded Ward County Jail, where the headcount has skyrocketed with the region’s oil-driven population boom. “Now, you’ve got three, four other guys coming in to use ...

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Watford City Airport to get $3.5 million facelift


By Stephanie Norman Farmer Staff Writer McKenzie County roads and highways are not the only local infrastructure experiencing an influx in traffic due to an increase in oil activity. The local air traffic has also seen an upsurge. The Watford City Municipal Airport is reportedly receiving more flights than in past years. According to Tim Taylor, chairman of the airport ...

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Bakken Briefings


Tioga accepts bid The Tioga Medical Center board of directors have awarded to a Minnesota company an $8.2 million contract for construction of a new clinic and other renovations. Shingobee Construction, the contractor that recently completed renovations to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Crosby, turned in the lowest of three bids submitted. Officials are targeting the project for completion by ...

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