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State monitoring of Ward County Jail to continue into June

MINOT, N.D. — State-ordered oversight of the Ward County Jail will continue into next summer as the facility works to meet federal standards. A state investigation into the death of a jail inmate late last year found the jail’s care “grossly inadequate” and led to an order for the jail to change its operations or face closure. The investigation found ...

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Senate repeal falls short, EPA clean water survives

The Senate Tuesday fell short of advancing legislation to repeal proposed environmental regulations aimed at bringing more waterways and wetlands under federal protection, handing the Obama administration a victory on rules that have faced a number of legal and political setbacks since being introduced this summer. With 57 senators — all the GOP and four Democrats — voting to repeal ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

Police participation in ‘Fracking Hell’ a shame Williston Herald, Williston, Oct. 16, 2015 Did you watch Underworld, Inc. FRACKING HELL on the National Geographic channel? The subtitle read “An oil fracking boom and subsequent bust have brought extortion, prostitution, drug dealing and theft to the remote prairie town of Williston, North Dakota.” It’s bad enough when the national media shows ...

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North Dakota deer season set to open with far fewer hunters

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s deer hunting landscape has changed and it’s unlikely that it will return to the not-so-distant days when deer and licenses were plentiful, wildlife management officials say. When gun season begins Friday at noon, hunters lucky enough to get a license will be pursuing game during a bleak deer hunting for the state, though officials have ...

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North Dakota regulators approve utility’s gas rate increase

BISMARCK, N.D. — Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.’s residential customers in North Dakota will see their monthly gas bills rise by about $2 under a rate increase approved Wednesday by the state Public Service Commission. The Bismarck-based utility, which serves more than 107,000 North Dakota customers in 74 communities, contends the 2 percent rate hike is necessary to help recoup the costs ...

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Williston shelter program for men won’t operate this winter

WILLISTON, N.D. — A program in Williston that for the past two winters helped temporarily homeless men with shelter won’t operate this winter. The organizers of Project Heat tell the Williston Herald the oil industry slowdown combined with falling rents and more available housing in the oil patch hub have reduced the need for the service. Project Heat was aimed ...

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Editorial: Keystone XL delay is a setback for public safety in Minnesota

The triumphant but misguided e-mail landed in inboxes just hours after the Canadian company pushing to build the Keystone XL pipeline announced it wants the U.S. government to suspend review of the pipeline’s construction permit application. “We made our voices heard that we would stand up to protect our planet for future generations,” trumpeted a Democratic National Committee missive that ...

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