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Oil patch hotels combating prostitution

In an effort to combat the influx of human trafficking and prostitution in North Dakota’s oil patch, some hotel managers are taking the matter into their own hands by refusing service and making “Do Not Rent” lists. Garnet Finchum and her husband Dwight, managers of the Travel Inn located in Dickinson, say that both prostitutes and solicitors are frequent visitors, ...

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Program aims to address domestic violence in ND oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota organization that provides help to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault is partnering with a drug and alcohol treatment program to work with people in the oil patch. CAWS North Dakota is a nonprofit membership organization representing domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention centers throughout the state. The group is contracting with ...

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Patrol IDs 2 dead in North Dakota oil patch crash

MANNING, N.D. — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified two men who were killed in a pickup truck rollover in the western North Dakota oil patch on Christmas. The Patrol says the crash happened 4 miles southwest of Manning about 10 p.m. Thursday, when the pickup truck failed to negotiate a turn on a gravel road and rolled down ...

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Number of ND bills already filed is below average

BISMARCK, N.D. — The number of bills filed before the start of North Dakota’s upcoming legislative session — on topics from tax reform to requiring ginseng growers to be registered to lowering penalties for possession of drug paraphernalia — is below the long-term average, the head of the Legislature’s research arm says. Lawmakers, state agencies and legislative committees have already ...

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State officials reviewing safety on US Highway 85

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Transportation Department and Highway Patrol say efforts are being made to increase safety on the major north-south artery in the western oil patch. There have been 25 traffic crash fatalities on the U.S. Highway 85 corridor in the past two years. The Department of Transportation this month launched a safety review that officials say will ...

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Lawmakers promise to help strapped oil-patch towns

BILLINGS, Mont. — Relief could be on the horizon for strapped public services in the Northern Plains’ booming oil patch, as elected leaders in Montana and North Dakota move to steer more money into the region during the states’ upcoming legislative sessions. Tens of thousands of workers have been drawn to the region’s shale oil boom in recent years. Their ...

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Man pleads not guilty to 8 counts in oil patch drug case

WILLISTON, N.D. — One of two men accused in an oil patch drug case involving methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana has pleaded not guilty to eight counts. The Williston Herald reports that 32-year-old Jose Villalpando is charged with four counts of delivery of a controlled substance and four counts of possession of a controlled substance. Authorities say a search warrant in ...

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Oil patch towns looking to catch up with demands

BISMARCK, N.D. — City officials in the North Dakota oil patch say they are forging ahead with housing and infrastructure projects despite the forecast for a downturn in drilling in the next year. Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford tells the Bismarck Tribune that development and land sales are not slowing down because housing needs for permanent oil field workers have not ...

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