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Sinner says Republican wave too much to overcome


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for North Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat said his loss to Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer by 30,000 votes shows that the outcome was “meant to be.” George Sinner says he believed the race would be closer, but his campaign was outspent as the election drew near and Cramer rode the Republican wave to ...

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Polls opening across ND for midterm election

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Polls are opening across North Dakota for the midterm election. Polling sites are open in most counties from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time Tuesday. Lines had formed by opening time in Fargo, the state’s largest city. The National Weather Service forecast indicates favorable conditions, with highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Voters will ...

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ND schools see hike in students deemed homeless


WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) – Schools in North Dakota’s oil country have seen an increase in the number of students who are deemed homeless under federal regulations. The Williston Herald reports that Williston Public School District No. 1 has 123 students considered homeless, while the New Public School District No. 8 in Williston has 115 students – 33 percent of the ...

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ND Luxury Man Camps Offer Amenities For Roughnecks

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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Worker accommodations in North Dakota’s oil patch can be rough: men sleep in tiny trailers with boarded windows, parked cars and overcrowded apartments. The barracks-style “man camps” might imply that roughness of life, too. But for some big oil companies, as the boom matures beyond an insatiable rush for bodies and beds, a number of man ...

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Dunn County commissioners make landowner rights top priority in pipeline talks


On Wednesday, Dunn County commissioners met with representatives of Texas-based Energy Transfer to cautiously discuss landowner relations as they move forward with their new pipeline project. The Dickinson Press reported that the pipeline project is valued at $3.7 billion. The Dakota Access Pipeline, or colloquially called the Bakken Pipeline, will have the capability of transferring 570,000 barrels per day from ...

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Watford City budget to increase to $104 million

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ Watford City’s population has gone from 1,400 people to 10,000 people in only 6 years. Along with their extremely rapid growth in population came a sudden need for more infrastructure. The Watford City City Council recently discussed the city’s annual budget at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept 9. The budget has been set at $104,410,690, ...

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Lightning ignites oil tanks near Watford City, ND

John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ Lightning struck an oil well pad on Sunday night, causing three oil tanks on the site to ignite. The fire occurred five miles south of Watford City, ND. No injuries were reported from the incident. The fire was contained after two and a half hours. Secure Energy Services is the operator of the site. Lightning has ...

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Wolf Pup Daycare opens in Watford City

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ Earlier this year, Watford City officials approved a building permit for a $4.7 million daycare center in order to help support its burgeoning population. Wolf Pup Daycare is now open with a capacity for 190 children in the large facility. It is the third largest daycare in North Dakota and has already enrolled 109 ...

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Natural Gas processing plant to be built in McKenzie County

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ ONEOK, an energy company that specializes in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas is investing approximately $605 million to $785 million to build a 200-million cubic feet natural gas processing facility (The Demicks Lake plant) in northeast McKenzie County.  The project also allocates for a 12 mile-long natural gas liquids gathering pipeline ...

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Former defendant in rancher’s killing charged after police chase

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WILLISTON – A man previously charged in connection with the death of a Williston rancher led police on a short chase Wednesday before crashing a motorcycle. Ronald Gibbons was treated at Mercy Medical Center in Williston after the chase, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. His condition was unknown Wednesday afternoon. Deputies were seeking Gibbons for ...

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