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Northern lights making a splash in the Dakotas

BISMARCK, N.D. — The northern lights have been making a splash in the Dakotas this week. The North Dakota Department of Commerce’s tourism Twitter account has been busy retweeting residents’ brightly colored photographs of the aurora borealis from across the state. Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based KELO-TV even caught a shot of the aurora on its Chamberlain sky-camera. Patrick Ayd of ...

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Suspicious package shuts down Dickinson airport

The Dickinson Airport was shut down earlier today due to an unclaimed, ‘beeping’ package, reports the Dickinson Press. A news release from Stark County Sheriff Terry Oestreich said the aircraft, a SkyWest Airlines plane operating as a Delta connection flight from Minneapolis, landed safely but reported that an unclaimed bag was emitting a beeping sound. The aircraft was promptly secured ...

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says no run for North Dakota governor

BISMARCK, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Wednesday that she won’t run for North Dakota governor, a setback for Democrats’ hopes of claiming the top office in the Republican-dominated state. Heitkamp said she has ruled out seeking the seat being vacated by Republican Jack Dalrymple, who announced Aug. 24 that he wouldn’t seek re-election because he wanted to spend ...

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In Canada’s prairies, crude slump puts first oil patch in reverse

LLOYDMINSTER, Canada – Amid the corn and canola fields of western Saskatchewan, oil foreman Dwayne Roy is doing what Saudi Arabia and fellow OPEC producers are loath to do: shutting the taps on active wells. Inside a six-foot-square wooden shed that houses a basic hydraulic pump, the Gear Energy Ltd employee demonstrates how shutting down a conventional heavy oil well ...

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Regional Bakken economy beginning to stabilize

Hotel rentals, the flow of sewage and drilling are all down in the North Dakota oil patch, but the mood regarding the continued growth of Williston’s economy is optimistic, reports the Forum News Service (FNS). At last week’s Williston Economic Development WEST! Conference, the city’s economic activity outside the oil field was highlighted and examined. Organizer of the conference and ...

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Williston Menards to open Wednesday Sept. 9

The wait is finally over as the new Williston, North Dakota, Menards Mega Store prepares to open on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Last year Williston Mayor Howard Klug expressed his excitement for the project, telling the Williston Herald, “This is kind of like our field of dreams. If you build it they will come.” The Menards will be one of ...

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Minneapolis neighborhood roiled by railroad plan

MINNEAPOLIS — A quiet Minneapolis neighborhood has been roiled by the BNSF Railway’s sudden plan to expand its track system. The railroad plans to lay track closer to houses while leveling a thick tree buffer that once shielded residents from the 92 trains that pass through daily, including several that carry crude oil. BNSF is doing it to alleviate rail ...

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National park in North Dakota to host astronomy festival

MEDORA, N.D. — Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the city of Medora are hosting an astronomy festival this month. The park in western North Dakota has scheduled the third annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival for Sept. 11-13. This year’s guest speakers are Craig Howe, who is the director of the South Dakota-based Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, ...

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