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ND baby boom: State records 10,000 birth for first time in almost 25 years


By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM FARGO – North Dakota passed a milestone recently by exceeding 10,000 births, a benchmark that last was reached almost 25 years ago. The moment happened in 2012, when 10,072 resident births were recorded. North Dakota last surpassed 10,000 births in 1988, when 10,111 babies were born. North Dakota again exceeded 10,000 births in 2013, although the official ...

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A city of 65000 and no additional doctors


January 12, 2014 2:00 am  •  By LLOYD OMDAHL The shortage of primary care physicians in North Dakota just got worse. It was approaching a crisis situation before the Medicaid expansion kicked in on Jan. 1. That expansion will eventually add 20,000 to 30,000 people to the patient load in North Dakota. Add this to the 40,000 newcomers working in the Bakken ...

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France’s Total joins shale gas hunt in Britain


MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Total  has agreed to invest up to $48 million for a stake in shale licenses in Britain, the first major oil company to back the industry in a country seen as one of Europe’s strongest prospects for unconventional oil and gas development. Dart Energy  said on Monday Total would acquire a 40 percent interest in two licenses ...

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Skewed crime numbers for western North Dakota


By: Rob Port, Bakken.com Of all the things causing angst among denizens of the Bakken region, crime and traffic are probably causing the most consternation. Which is understandable. Crowded highways. Overtaxed rails. Stuffed-full prisons. Overworked cops. While the explosive growth of the oil boom has been great for North Dakota and the region in the aggregate, there are side effects ...

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Criminal defendants in fed court up 31 percent in western N.D. in 2013


By Mike Nowatzki on Jan 9, 2014 at 4:31pm BISMARCK – The number of criminal defendants charged in federal court in western North Dakota jumped by 31 percent in 2013 and has nearly doubled since 2011, a trend U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon expects to continue as drug trafficking intensifies in the state’s oil-producing counties. “I don’t expect that to stop anytime soon,” Purdon ...

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Upcoming Energy Events (Williston)

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01/14             Williston Basin Chapter API Monthly Meeting The social will be held at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. The program will feature the Well Control School and Lease Operator Program at Train ND at Williston State College. 01/29-30        Bakken Product Markets and Takeaway Capacity Examining pipeline, rail and gathering solutions to ensure Bakken ...

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New Town starts police force


By Jerry W. Kram The New Town Police Force took over law enforcement in New Town on January 1 from the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Department. Over the course of the year, the realities of creating a new law enforcement agency in the oil patch has become apparent to Police Chief Art Walgren and the New Town City Council as turnover ...

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[Watford City] School struggles to meet needs of “homeless” students

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By Kate Ruggles Farmer Staff Writer As the face of McKenzie County Public School District No. 1’s student population changes, the district continues to face a unique set of circumstances that, in many ways, challenges its ‘old’ tried and true approach to education. At the beginning of the school year, the McKenzie County Farmer ran a story telling of the ...

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