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Minot may soon be North Dakota’s fourth metropolitan area

BISMARCK, N.D. — With population gains attributed to nearby oil fields, Minot is on track to become North Dakota’s fourth metropolitan area as defined by the federal government. But the distinction, which requires the city to maintain at least 50,000 residents for two years, is not certain and could be short-lived if oil prices and drilling activity continue to slide ...

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New rule catches Minot day care providers by surprise

MINOT, N.D. — A zoning rule in Minot that quietly slipped into a city ordinance last year has caught some child care providers by surprise, and they worry about its effects on the availability of day care in the city. The city changed its zoning ordinance in July 2014 to require home child-care operations with more than 14 children to ...

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State approves funding for Minot water system improvements

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s Water Commission has approved funding that will help improve northern Minot’s water system. KMXC-TV reports that the commission approved $3.6 million for the project that will involve installing a new water tank and water lines in the city. The estimated cost of the entire project is $6 million. The station reports that dozens of new ...

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Propane prices plummet thanks to large inventories

MINOT, N.D. — Propane users may be heating their homes more cheaply this winter than they have for many years. Large petroleum inventories have caused prices to plummet, and that’s good news for many rural residents who heat with propane. “It’s kind of nice to see a smile on a face,” propane distributor David O’Keeffe said of the response he’s ...

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California man gets 9 years in North Dakota shooting

MINOT, N.D. — A California man who admitted his role in a conspiracy to kill a Minot man has been sentenced to nine years in prison. Thirty-six-year-old James Robinson was among four men accused of traveling to Minot in July 2013 with plans to kill another man, in an incident authorities said involved members of a California gang. Investigators say ...

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Hess Corp. eyeing Watford City for potential field office

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Hess Corp. is eyeing Watford City to possibly open a field office should oil prices recover. Hess spokeswoman Maria Effertz-Hanson tells The Williston Herald the company has already looked at office space in Watford City. The oil company moved its headquarters from Williston to Minot in 2009. However, Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford says the city ...

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