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USDA Rural Development investing in the Bakken


By Jessica Holdman Housing, health care and the Bakken were the focus of U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development in 2013. State Director Jasper Schneider said in many states growth happens in the major metropolitan areas. “It’s the opposite in North Dakota, with a lot of development happening in rural areas,” he said. Rural Development invested a total of $506 million ...

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Williston Waterpark Opening March 28th

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By Mary Gagliardi Looking to float around in a lazy river? Test your skills on a surf simulator? Careen down a water slide? Or crank out laps in an Olympic sized pool? Look no further than the Williston Recreation Center, and the opening is right around the corner. The grand opening of the facility is 36 days away and Darin ...

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Williston Public Works Director Ready to Face Bigger Challenges


By: Eric Killelea As Williston expands, the city’s public works department is hustling to meet demand for spacing, workers and improved infrastructure. But with project completions expected in upcoming years, the department seems to be getting a better handle on the rapid growth. In January, longtime director Monte Meiers retired. David Tuan has since stepped into the position, while Bob ...

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More cold in store for North Dakota


By Jenny Michael BISMARCK, N.D. The average high temperatures for the last week in February in Bismarck range from 30 to 33 degrees. Needless to say, 2014 is not normal. Janine Vining, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the cold will continue this week, with temperatures in the single digits for highs and lows dipping below zero most days. Today, high ...

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Beach residents debate railport


By Katherine Lymn on Feb 24, 2014 at 11:52 p.m. BEACH — More than 100 Beach residents met Monday at their city hall to debate a railport proposed for just west of town — some in support, some against and some who just had questions. The $65 million facility, which would bring in commodities for the oilfield like frac sand and pipe, and ...

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Judge dismisses one of seven terrorizing charges against ND white supremacist


CARSON, N.D. – A judge has dismissed one of seven felony charges against Craig Cobb, a white supremacist accused of terrorizing people last fall in the southwestern North Dakota town of Leith. Grant County State’s Attorney Todd Schwarz asked that the charge be dropped, stating in a motion filed last week that alleged victim Gregory Bruce made contradictory statements about ...

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Helms: Well site footprints changing


By Bryan Horwath on Feb 24, 2014 at 11:55 p.m. North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources director said Monday that he believes people walking in the state 100 years from now won’t even notice signs of today’s oil development. “I’m convinced that if we apply the best science that we have to date, it will be possible to erase the footprint of 100 ...

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Western ND county wants state to take stand on illegal oilfield waste


By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Officials here are calling on the state to take action after a stockpile of oilfield waste was discovered in rural McKenzie County dripping crude oil and other contaminants onto the ground. “Hopefully this is the golden opportunity for the state to stand up and set a precedent that this will ...

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