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On Bakken oil patch, heroin brings violence, organized crime


By Katherine Grandstrand DICKINSON, N.D. — The levels of violent crime, drug trafficking and prosecutions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office are up. Piggybacking on the state’s recent oil boom that has brought much economic prosperity to once mostly rural areas, organized crime has come to North Dakota. In the past six to eight months, the Dickinson Police Department has seen ...

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Bakken firefighters facing more obstacles, future legislation could cause issues

Bakken Crash

By Jason Spiess Last week I received an email from a concerned fire fighter in Western North Dakota.  I have to admit, this email really got my attention.  Honestly, I receive anywhere from 2-10 emails per week from readers and listeners to Building the Bakken informing me about something or another.  Most are politically or personally motivated so you have ...

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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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