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Williston-area homelessness still high, despite decline

WILLISTON, N.D. — The homeless population in the Williston region is dwindling, though the number of people living without adequate shelter is still troubling, a state advocacy group says. The North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People estimates 370 homeless in the oil patch counties of Williams, McKenzie and Divide, down from the peak of 624 in 2013. Unlike other areas ...

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Obama’s Keystone XL decision irks North Dakota US lawmakers

BISMARCK, N.D. — Members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation say President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is disappointing. Obama says he’s rejecting the pipeline because he does not believe it serves the national interest. Republican Sen. John Hoeven and Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp both think the decision is political. Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer says Obama’s decision is ...

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Cramer statement on President Obama’s rejection of Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer today released the following statement after President Obama officially rejected the permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The application to build the pipeline was first submitted by TransCanada seven years ago on September 19, 2008. By contrast, the permit for the first Keystone pipeline was approved in three years. “I’m not at all ...

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Northrop Grumman breaks ground on ICON Architectural Group designed facility at Grand Sky UAS Park

Grand Forks, North Dakota, November 5, 2015 — Northrop Grumman, one of the nation’s leading defense contractors, has broken ground on its new facility designed by ICON Architectural Group, located at the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Business and Aviation Park in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The $10 million, 36,000 square foot facility sits on 10 acres of land, ...

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ND sheriff accused of misusing department credit card

WILLISTON, N.D. — The McKenzie County sheriff is facing a criminal charge after authorities accused him of misusing his department’s credit card. The Williston Herald reports that Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger is accused in an affidavit of racking up about $980 in personal charges. They include airfare for his wife to attend a law enforcement conference in Las Vegas, an upgrade ...

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Minot sees big increase in thefts from motor vehicles

MINOT, N.D. — Minot police are linking an increase in thefts from vehicles this year to a rise in illegal drug activity. There were 282 thefts from motor vehicles reported in the city through October — an 84 percent increase from the same time period last year. Police Chief Jason Olson says there’s a connection between the thefts and increased ...

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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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