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ND oil transforming the face of a sleepy town

By: Daily Mail Reporter A fascinating collection of images has captured the stark transformation of Williston, North Dakota, from a quiet backwater to a booming mining town where crime and drug use have spiked and men dramatically outnumber women. The area, where agriculture was historically the main industry, has been experiencing an oil boom in recent years, due in part to ...

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Jamestown Prepares For Population and Economic Boom

Jamestown North Dakota

Jamestown’s population of 15-thousand people is getting ready for a major jump,  as plans for energy projects in nearby Spiritwood move closer to reality.   All of it is tying together North Dakota agriculture and energy production. And all of it should mean the largest population growth Jamestown and surrounding Stutsman County have seen in decades. Dave Klein, Housing Authority: “It would not surprise me to  see ...

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Faces of the Boom: Blessed in the Bakken

The Bakken Boom

SIDNEY, Mont. – Patty Kneeland feels so blessed to be an oilfield wife, she wears a reminder around her neck. Kneeland and her husband, Bruce, moved to the Bakken region of eastern Montana two years ago after they closed a bar and restaurant they operated in the opposite side of the state for 10 years. The seasonal business in the ...

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Federal drug czar touring ND, Montana Oil Patch

Gil Kerlikowske

FARGO — Of all the warning bells sounded by law enforcement officials in North Dakota and Montana about crime associated with the Bakken Oil Patch’s rapid population growth, the one that seems to ring true involves drug trafficking. Michael Cotter, U.S. attorney from Montana, cites an April 2012 meeting he sponsored that was attended by about 150 law enforcement officials, ...

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ND oil spurs $4.1-B outlay for railroad

JIM GEHRZ / MCT ARCHIVES Enlarge Image   Excess gas is burned off at well sites east of Williston, N.D. BNSF is crucial in the Bakken oil boom. MINOT, N.D. — To bolster its ability to haul freight, including crude oil, Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF Railway Co. plans to spend $4.1 billion on capital improvements in 2013, a single-year record ...

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Postmaster promises to improve ND Oil Patch mail delivery

USPS in the Bakken

Dickinson Press WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe promised Wednesday to help improve postal service to North Dakota oilfield housing units and to assist with meeting postal service hiring challenges in North Dakota, according to U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Donahoe and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, chairman of the committee that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, met with Heitkamp ...

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