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A week in Oil Boom Country

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WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA—I had zero cell-phone service when I landed in Bismarck. I know this state is mostly rural, but how was I supposed to know Sprint doesn’t operate here? Two hours, $183, and one new cheap smartphone later (thanks, Radio Shack!), I was on the road for an almost four-hour drive to Williston, the heart of America’s oil boom. ...

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Nuverra developing site in Bakken to Recycle fracking water


WATFORD CITY, N.D. – The technology is now available to allow oil companies to recycle water used for hydraulic fracturing in North Dakota, industry representatives said Tuesday. But implementing that technology in the Bakken will take time as operators adjust to the new methods and regulators respond with new permitting rules. Oil service companies Halliburton and Nuverra Environmental Services held ...

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Retired Military find peace in the Bakken

retired marine

DICKINSON, N.D. — A fifth generation Nevadan, Larry Cunningham has always had a special place in his heart for the American West. “There’s an essence about the West,” Cunningham said. “The country, the beauty, the people. I’ve lived all over the United States, but there’s something special about the West.” Like so many others, Cunningham came to western North Dakota ...

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Motorcycle gangs rampant in the oil patch

sons of silence motorcycle club

WILLISTON, N.D. — Outlaw motorcycle gangs are gaining a foothold in western North Dakota, law enforcement officials say. U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon said the threat of organized crime, including motorcycle gangs, is one reason federal agencies have sent more resources to the Oil Patch. “There’s no question that we are seeing more and more intelligence that various organized outlaw motorcycle ...

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Watford City adds units with completion of new housing complex

House Construction Watford City

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Construction has wrapped up on a 42-unit housing complex in Watford City for public service employees. A dedication ceremony was held Wednesday for the $8 million nonprofit complex dubbed Wolf Run Village that will provide affordable housing for public service workers such as teachers, law officers, emergency responders, and city and county employees. “Many people ...

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Construction on $150 million biorefinery near Jamestown underway

biorefinery groundbreaking

Friday morning marks the next step in making a new biorefinery in North Dakota a reality. A groundbreaking celebration took place on the Dakota Spirit AgEnergy at the build site near Spiritwood and Jamestown, ND. The 65 million-gallon-per-year Dakota Spirit AgEnergy biorefinery will be co-located next to the Spiritwood Station combined heat and power plant. The biorefinery will utilize steam from Spiritwood Station and corn ...

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