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Western N.D. legal cases spilling into Grand Forks


By Steve Lee  Rising crime in western North Dakota is spilling into the federal courthouse in Grand Forks, adding to the workload of the U.S. magistrate judge here, according to court officials. Since September, for example, Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal has handled all the immigration proceedings from the west at the Grand Forks courthouse. Judge Ralph Erickson, chief judge of the ...

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Larsens handle ‘controlled chaos:’ Watford City family-owned drug store sees benefits, challenges of boom


By Dustin Monke WATFORD CITY — Larry and Debbie Larsen know the benefits and pitfalls of owning a small business in an Oil Patch boomtown. Despite being flush with new clients and busier than ever, Larry said keeping up can be “a struggle.” “A lot of times, we just call it controlled chaos,” he said. Larsen Service Drug is an institution in ...

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Law enforcement nets 20 arrests in northwest ND


 Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says a two-day law enforcement operation in the state’s oil patch region resulted in more than 20 arrests. Stenehjem says the operation ended Thursday and was the result of a long-term undercover investigation by state, local and federal agencies. He says the operation targeted organized drug rings and other ...

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Watford City voters approve bond for new high school

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By Amy Dalrymple  WATFORD CITY — Voters in this rapidly growing city overwhelmingly said yes Tuesday to a $27 million bond referendum to finance a new high school. Ninety percent of voters supported the bond measure, which means the McKenzie County School District can proceed with financing a $50 million high school to house grades 7-12. The vote total was 748 ...

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Watford City, Stanley plan hospital upgrades


WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Hospitals are planning multimillion-dollar upgrades in two growing cities in western North Dakota’s oil patch. McKenzie County Healthcare Systems plans to replace its hospital in Watford City with a $58 million facility. The Mountrail County Health Center in Stanley is upgrading its hospital emergency room and nursing home and expanding its clinic in a $6.3 million ...

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Radioactive dump site found in remote North Dakota town


 By Lauren Donovan Police and state health officials are investigating the illegal dumping of radioactive filter socks in an abandoned gas station in the tiny remote town of Noonan in Divide County. “This is a vacant building filled with toxic waste,” said Divide County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Schroeder, lead investigator, who says the building’s apparent owner is a fugitive on felony ...

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