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Bakken schools keeping eye on low, fluctuating oil prices

BISMARCK, N.D. — Some school administrators in North Dakota’s Bakken oil region are keeping an eye on student enrollment as oil prices fluctuate and some families leave for work elsewhere. Officials at schools in Dickinson, Tioga, Ray, Williston and Parshall are watching some students leave along with the drilling rigs as oil prices stay low. But others, like in Watford ...

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BLM asks public to comment on pipeline project

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The Bureau of Land Management’s Field Office in North Dakota is asking for the public’s input on a right-of-way application for Bakken Oil Express Pipeline LLC’s BOE II Project, The Dickinson Press reports. The 42-foot oil pipeline would run from a Johnson’s Corner Facility to a BOE facility in Killdeer and end in near Dickinson. A press release from the ...

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2 to plead guilty in oil patch human trafficking case

BISMARCK, N.D. — A man and woman accused of luring women from California to work as prostitutes in the western North Dakota oil patch have reached plea agreements with prosecutors. Trina Nguyen (wihn) and Loc Tran are to plead guilty on Thursday. They were scheduled for a nine-day trial in federal court in June on charges related to human trafficking ...

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Areas in western North Dakota among nation’s fastest-growing

BISMARCK, N.D. — Cities and counties in the western North Dakota oil patch continue to be among the fastest-growing areas in the country. The U.S. Census Bureau says that between 2013 and 2014, Williston and Dickinson were the fastest-growing micropolitan areas in the country. A micropolitan area is an entity with between 10,000 and 50,000 people. By percentage, Williams County ...

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Halliburton closing Minot facility, transferring many jobs

MINOT, N.D. — Houston-based oil field services company Halliburton is suspending operations at its facility in Minot and transferring many of the jobs there to locations in Williston and Dickinson. Spokeswoman Susie McMichael says the company will shut down the Minot facility on April 1 due to “changing business needs from its customers.” Halliburton isn’t saying how many of the ...

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Woman agrees to plead guilty to prostitution in ND oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. — A woman accused of prostitution in the North Dakota oil patch says she will plead guilty in federal court. Authorities say Thuy Hoang worked at prostitution parlors in Minot, Dickinson and Williston. She’s charged with conspiracy. The brothels allegedly were operated by Loc Tran and Trina Nguyen (wihn). They are scheduled for trial in June on racketeering ...

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More warm temperature records fall in the Northern Plains

BISMARCK, N.D. — Warm Pacific air blanketing the Dakotas continues to set records in the two states, with temperatures reaching into the 50s, 60s and even 70s. National Weather Service reports show record-high temperatures for the date were set Tuesday in Bismarck, Dickinson and Williston in western North Dakota, and in Rapid City in western South Dakota. It reached 73 ...

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Mid-winter warmth blanketing the Dakotas, breaking records

BISMARCK, N.D. — Mid-winter warmth is breaking records in the Dakotas, with temperatures climbing into the 50s and 60s. National Weather Service reports show that record-high temperatures were set Monday in Dickinson and Williston in western North Dakota, and in Rapid City in western South Dakota. Rapid City and Bismarck, North Dakota, also set record high overnight lows on Monday. ...

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OSHA investigating Bakken oil patch death

The North Dakota oil patch has lost another oil and gas worker, according to The Bismarck Tribune. An employee for C&D Oilfield Services who has not been identified was found dead on January 15 on the catwalk of an oil well tank battery, says Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Area Director Eric Brooks. OSHA is currently investigating the incident. ...

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