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Work beginning on $83 million Watford City Event Center

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Work is starting on an $83 million event center in Watford City. Mayor Brent Sanford said Wednesday’s ground-breaking ceremony for the project was “pretty monumental” for the oil patch city. Residents last June voted to increase the city sales tax to fund the center and other projects, including a new hospital. The Bismarck Tribune reports that ...

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Bakken schools keeping eye on low, fluctuating oil prices

BISMARCK, N.D. — Some school administrators in North Dakota’s Bakken oil region are keeping an eye on student enrollment as oil prices fluctuate and some families leave for work elsewhere. Officials at schools in Dickinson, Tioga, Ray, Williston and Parshall are watching some students leave along with the drilling rigs as oil prices stay low. But others, like in Watford ...

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Busy western oil patch bridge again open around the clock

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A busy bridge on U.S. Highway 85 in the western North Dakota oil patch is once again open to traffic around the clock. The Long X Bridge south of Watford City had been temporarily closed during nighttime hours for repair work. The state Transportation Department says the work is done and the nighttime restrictions are lifted. ...

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State regulators deciding on gas plant expansion project

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission is deciding on a proposed expansion of the Little Missouri Gas Plant in McKenzie County. State regulators say Targa Badlands LLC has submitted an application to expand the facility to four gas processing units, at a cost of about $140 million. The PSC scheduled a hearing in Watford City on ...

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Freezing rain, snow cause problems in northern North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — Freezing rain and snow are creating poor travel conditions in northwestern North Dakota. The state Transportation Department has issued a travel alert for the region that includes Williston, Watford City, Stanley and Tioga. Officials say motorists can still travel but should be aware of the danger and drive according to conditions. The National Weather Service has issued ...

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