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PSC hearing planned for gas plant near Watford City

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By Forum News Service WATFORD CITY — The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing next week about a proposed natural gas processing plant that would be built about 13 miles southwest of Watford City. The hearing on a proposal from ONEOK Rockies Midstream is at 10 a.m. June 18 at Teddy’s Residential Suites, 113 9th Ave. S.E., ...

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Who knows what the future holds for Watford City

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By Lydia Gilbertson | Google+ Watford City has seen some of the most dramatic growth of any of the oil boom towns in North Dakota. What years ago was a small, quiet town in rural North Dakota is now a bustling industry town filled with trailers and new developments. Governing.com’s Curtis Johnson is explores the rapid expansion Watford City is ...

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Assessing the damage: McKenzie Co. to consider disaster declaration

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By Amy Dalrymple , Forum News Service WATFORD CITY — McKenzie County Commissioners are expected to consider a county disaster declaration Tuesday, allowing county funds to be used to clean up damage from last week’s tornado, Emergency Manager Jerry Samuelson said. The tornado, which severely damaged or destroyed 15 RVs south of Watford City, will not qualify for a state or federal ...

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Roadwork season begins in western ND

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By Mike Hricik, The Dickinson Press mhricik@thedickinsonpress.com State officials say 2014 could be North Dakota’s biggest year for roadwork. This summer brings one of the state’s largest construction seasons in its history, spurred by a massive influx of oil and gas industrial traffic. Bypasses will be built to divert trucks around Oil Patch cities and existing roads will be changed ...

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Tornado raises camper prepardness concerns

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By Katherine Lymn, The Dickinson Press WATFORD CITY — Stella Schlosser and her family of five didn’t have a plan for seeking shelter from a tornado in their RV near Watford City. On Monday night, they didn’t have time to plan when her husband Kevin’s cellphone flashed a tornado warning as they were eating dinner. “When we looked out that window, ...

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‘Some have lost everything:’ Twister blows away homes for people drawn to Oil Patch for work

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By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service WATFORD CITY — Aly and Derrick Dickinson’s baby boy is due in six days, but Monday night’s tornado demolished their RV and the nursery they had set up for him. “In a split second, it was all gone,” said Derrick Dickinson, an oilfield worker from Missouri. People who moved from across the country to ...

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Crash leads to meth bust for N.D. man

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By Forum News Service RED WING, Minn. — A one-vehicle crash in southeast Minnesota resulted in felony drug and weapons charges for a North Dakota man. Dante Giovanni Schwarting, 28, New Salem, N.D., was charged with felony first-degree drug possession and felony possession of a firearm in Goodhue County District Court on Friday. The criminal complaint said the vehicle was northbound ...

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