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Agencies plan training on human trafficking


By Bismarck Tribune Three state agencies are working together to train officials in North Dakota about human trafficking. The North Dakota Board of University and School Lands gave CAWS North Dakota, the statewide membership organization representing domestic violence and sexual assault crisis centers, $30,000 for human trafficking training in oil country. According to a statement, CAWS is working with the Office ...

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Oil Patch leaders to Legislature: Show us the money


By: Bryan Horwath, Forum News Service DICKINSON, N.D. — Members of the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties are near a breaking point as financial needs related to energy development in the organization’s region continue to pile up. That was the message Wednesday during the association’s meeting in Dickinson. “How do we get the oil and gas counties ...

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Bakken Briefings

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New Town motels coming Two hotels that will provide nearly 200 new guest rooms in New Town, N.D., were described to City Council members last month. Brett Erdmann reported on the progress of the two hotels his firm, New Leaf Development, is building just east of the Alco store. Erdmann said the Little Missouri Inn is on track to be ...

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Mail problems still plaguing N.D.


WATFORD CITY (AP)— Although troubles with mail delivery have eased in Minot and parts of northwestern North Dakota over the past year, the U.S. Postal Service continues to work on nagging issues that might only be resolved with more staffing. Finding and retaining employees has been difficult, but the postal service has had some success, said Karen Fredrickson, marketing manager ...

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Homeless in a Dumpster


 By: Lauren Donovan – Bismarck Tribune WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Wayne Williams spent 2½ days huddling under garbage in a Dumpster in Watford City. He burned his boot liners, scarf, hat and blankets to stay alive, but in the subarctic air of early January he froze his feet. The blackened appendages were amputated four weeks ago at a Minot hospital. Today, Williams, ...

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Opportunity Funds gets more money

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By: Bismark Tribune MANDAN, N.D.  –The North Dakota Opportunity Fund secured $3.3 million in more funding for small businesses in the 38-community consortium. It is the third disbursement from the U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative. The group of cities is receiving more funds after making business loan commitments totaling $7.5 million. In October, when the consortium exceeded ...

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Letter: He gains from our oil chaos

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By: Steve Slocum, INFORUM In response to John Eickhof’s Jan. 27 commentary in The Forum: I love to hear from people who don’t live in the middle of the chaos. The Bakken play has been good for his business, but it has come with great costs to communities and cultures living in it. We hear his logic all the time from ...

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NPR Currently Featuring Captivating Series on Bakken Oil Rush


By Lydia Gilbertson | Google+ This week, National Public Radio has been publishing a series of articles about the oil boom in North Dakota entitled “The Great Plains Oil Rush”. This series accurately represents the people involved in the oil boom in western North Dakota. NPR covers topics such as: gas flaring, farming, long-distance commutes, and overnight millionaires in their ...

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Bakken Briefings

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Rig count indicates oil slowdown A precipitous drop in the number of rigs working in Divide County is indicative of a “significant slowdown” expected in North Dakota’s oil patch. “We knew two years ago a slowdown was coming, a significant slowdown,” said Lynn Helms, the state’s Mineral Resources director. One example of how the slowdown can be measured is through ...

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