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North Dakota mulls incarceration alternatives for nonviolent offenders as lockups become full

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BISMARCK, North Dakota (A.P) — North Dakota’s robust economy has led to a record population, the lowest unemployment rate in the nation and thousands of more jobs than takers. But the state’s economic miracle led by its oil bonanza also has resulted in plenty of problems, including more crime and increasingly overcrowded prison and jail cells. A state commission made ...

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Trencher ruptures crude oil pipeline in McKenzie County

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February 15, 2014 2:44 pm  •  By Lauren Donovan BISMARCK, N.D. — A pipeline in McKenzie County leaked 400 barrels of crude oil after an unnamed contractor ruptured the line when digging a trench. The Targa Resources pipeline leaked for hours before operators turned off pipeline pumps and closed valves to isolate the leak. The leak was reported Thursday to the Department of Emergency ...

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It’s ’41-59 or fight’ in Bakken Country

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This week, we need to address the growing discontent among the local governments in the Bakken. They have been experiencing widespread shock as thousands of students have converged on schools, lawlessness has become a commonplace, medical needs have skyrocketed, roads have been hammered into dust, and infrastructure has been taxed to the limit. While the Bakken local governments have been ...

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Forum editorial: Power line dispute a symptom

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Forum Editorial The latest reporting on a proposed electric transmission line across a historic North Dakota battlefield suggests line advocates manipulated data regarding the historical significance of the site. An 1864 battle between American Indians and the U.S. Cavalry has been characterized as one of the most important clashes in the nation’s Indian wars. The Basin Electric line will cross ...

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Editorial: Power line dispute a symptom

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The latest reporting on a proposed electric transmission line across a historic North Dakota battlefield suggests line advocates manipulated data regarding the historical significance of the site. An 1864 battle between American Indians and the U.S. Cavalry has been characterized as one of the most important clashes in the nation’s Indian wars. The Basin Electric line will cross the Killdeer ...

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Oil spills reported in McKenzie, Williams counties

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By: Forum News Service BISMARCK – Oil well sites in Williams and McKenzie counties reported oil spills Wednesday. A site operated by Zavanna LLC about 8 miles east of Williston released about 300 barrels, some of which was sprayed onto agricultural land, according to initial reports from the North Dakota Department of Health. Zavanna recovered 295 barrels. The second site, owned ...

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Watford City man pleads not guilty to weapons charge

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BISMARCK – A Watford City man with connections to a suspected murder-for-hire case in Washington state pleaded not guilty Monday to felony weapons charges in U.S. District Court here. James Terry Henrikson, 34, was originally charged by criminal complaint with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. That charge was dismissed after a grand jury indicted ...

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Veeder to perform in cowboy poetry gathering

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Eric Killelea Musician Jessie Veeder writes and sings about the badlands of western North Dakota, where she grew up on the family ranch. After releasing her first original album at 16, she toured nationally, released three more albums and continues to blend western, rock, blues and heartfelt lyrics to tell stories about the buttes and creeks of her family’s working ...

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