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Part-time liaison to oil patch selected


 By Nick Smith A recently retired state Department of Transportation official has been tapped to serve as a part-time liaison for transportation infrastructure development in the oil patch. Dave Leftwich was appointed by the governor last week to serve as a liaison for western North Dakota road development. Leftwich, a Bismarck resident, retired in November from the DOT after 39 years ...

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Addiction counseling in demand in Oil Patch


By: Katherine Grandstrand, Forum News Service, INFORUM DICKINSON, N.D. – Although down one-third of its staffing, the need for substance abuse counseling provided by Badlands Human Service Center in Dickinson has increased with the area’s growing population. To meet the needs of southwestern North Dakota and to maintain its level of service, the center has gone to creative lengths. “We utilize ...

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Faces of the Boom: After enduring RV, family happy to have a home


By: Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service WILLISTON, N.D. – Paul and Marcia Whitcomb thought they’d be temporary North Dakotans, working in the oilfield to earn money and someday returning to Arkansas. But now the couple and their four children are permanent Williston residents, working oilfield jobs that will be around long after drilling is over and finally living in a house ...

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ND baby boom: State records 10,000 birth for first time in almost 25 years


By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM FARGO – North Dakota passed a milestone recently by exceeding 10,000 births, a benchmark that last was reached almost 25 years ago. The moment happened in 2012, when 10,072 resident births were recorded. North Dakota last surpassed 10,000 births in 1988, when 10,111 babies were born. North Dakota again exceeded 10,000 births in 2013, although the official ...

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A city of 65000 and no additional doctors


January 12, 2014 2:00 am  •  By LLOYD OMDAHL The shortage of primary care physicians in North Dakota just got worse. It was approaching a crisis situation before the Medicaid expansion kicked in on Jan. 1. That expansion will eventually add 20,000 to 30,000 people to the patient load in North Dakota. Add this to the 40,000 newcomers working in the Bakken ...

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Skewed crime numbers for western North Dakota


By: Rob Port, Bakken.com Of all the things causing angst among denizens of the Bakken region, crime and traffic are probably causing the most consternation. Which is understandable. Crowded highways. Overtaxed rails. Stuffed-full prisons. Overworked cops. While the explosive growth of the oil boom has been great for North Dakota and the region in the aggregate, there are side effects ...

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Criminal defendants in fed court up 31 percent in western N.D. in 2013


By Mike Nowatzki on Jan 9, 2014 at 4:31pm BISMARCK – The number of criminal defendants charged in federal court in western North Dakota jumped by 31 percent in 2013 and has nearly doubled since 2011, a trend U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon expects to continue as drug trafficking intensifies in the state’s oil-producing counties. “I don’t expect that to stop anytime soon,” Purdon ...

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[Watford City] School struggles to meet needs of “homeless” students

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By Kate Ruggles Farmer Staff Writer As the face of McKenzie County Public School District No. 1’s student population changes, the district continues to face a unique set of circumstances that, in many ways, challenges its ‘old’ tried and true approach to education. At the beginning of the school year, the McKenzie County Farmer ran a story telling of the ...

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