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North Dakota nonprofits receive $50K from Delta Air Lines Foundation

ATLANTA, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Delta Air Lines Foundation has donated $50,000 to support the efforts of charitable and nonprofit organizations that offer educational and wellness programs and provide assistance to those in need in North Dakota. The Foundation’s giving benefits organizations in cities Delta serves including Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot and Williston. Recipient organizations include ...

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9 empty oil tank cars derail in North Dakota

9 empty oil tank cars derail in North Dakota By: Associated Press, INFORUM   BISMARCK – BNSF Railway says nine empty oil tanker cars derailed after a train was hit by a pickup truck just outside of western North Dakota’s Oil Patch. BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth says the derailment occurred about 6:45 a.m. Sunday, about 60 miles southeast of Minot. McBeth ...

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Minot group gets suicide prevention contract

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state Health Department has awarded a statewide suicide prevention contract to the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities in Minot. Officials say the goal is to start a training program for middle school personnel. The Health Department says the training meets new North Dakota requirements related to youth suicide-risk indicators. Project coordinator Christine Brigden ...

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As Oil Floods Plains Towns, Crime Pours In

Crime in the Bakken

Matthew Staver for The New York Times Sgt. Daniel Blood making an arrest last month in Watford City, N.D. Since 2005, arrests there have risen more than fivefold. SIDNEY, Mont. — One cold morning last year, a math teacher jogging through her hometown in eastern Montana was abducted, strangled and buried in a shallow grave. Charged in her death were ...

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Minn., others push broadband internet to rural areas

Minn., others push broadband Internet to rural areas The high-speed Internet capability that’s an afterthought in big cities and regional centers is spreading ever deeper into the nation’s countryside, nudged along by billions in federal stimulus dollars and state efforts to expand a key amenity for both quality of life and business competitiveness. By: Brian Bakst, Associated Press BOYD, Minn. – ...

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Indoor RV park provides shelter from ND winter

winter road

Indoor RV park provides shelter from ND winter By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service WATFORD CITY, N.D. – When a group of Minnesota partners announced they were planning an indoor RV park to house North Dakota oilfield workers, the idea prompted mixed reactions. “So many people thought we were crazy,” said Louis Bonneville of Carlton, Minn., one of the park’s owners. ...

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Giving thanks for our adopted oil workers


Things felt a bit strange in Minot, North Dakota, the week of Thanksgiving.   Living on the edge of the Bakken oil fields, in the largest “oil patch city” in North Dakota, my family and I have become used to a more frantic pace of life. Our sleepy little town, large only by North Dakota standards, which might have required ...

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bakken rigs

US RIG COUNT DOWN 1 THIS WEEK TO 1,761 Nov 22, 7:00 PM EST HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by one this week to 1,761. The Houston-based company said in its weekly report Friday that 1,387 rigs were exploring for oil ...

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North Dakota homeowners flooded in 2011 applying for millions in loans from new state program


MINOT, North Dakota — North Dakota homeowners who were flooded two years ago are seeking about $3.6 million in loans from a state program that began taking applications Oct. 1. The state-owned Bank of North Dakota reports it has received 182 applications in the Supplemental Rebuilders Loan Program, which offers low-interest loans of up to $20,000 to homeowners who previously ...

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Drilling bill passed in the United State House of Representatives


The House of Representatives passed a bill aimed at speeding up drilling for oil and natural gas. The Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act was co-sponsored by North Dakota Representative Kevin Cramer. The bill would reform leasing and permitting for fracking, and reduce what sponsors describe as bureaucratic burdens for tribal energy development. “But what it does is it ...

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