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The Rough Waters of Western North Dakota

WAWS, water, North Dakota

The first in a 5-part series on the controversial water industry of western North Dakota. Reprinted with permission.  The state of North Dakota is now experiencing a serious crossroads situation regarding the Western Area Water Supply Authority (WAWSA) and its future path.  Uncertainty is nothing new to WAWSA and its project as controversy, a questionable business plan and forceful government ...

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Basin Electric buying power from 2 new wind farms

BISMARCK, N.D. — Basin Electric Power Cooperative has signed deals to buy power from two new wind farms in western North Dakota, the Bismarck-based utility announced Wednesday. Terms have not been disclosed. Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources is developing the Dickinson Wind Energy Center near Richardton, and Kansas-based Tradewind Energy will be developing the Lindahl Wind Project near Tioga. The Richardton ...

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Western North Dakota water project to seek $120M


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials plan to ask the Legislature next year for $120 million in funding for the Western Area Water Supply Project, as demand grows for treated Missouri River water in the western North Dakota region that includes the booming oil patch. The request likely will be for $90 million in grants and $30 million in loans, according ...

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Bakken oil boom echoes in Clark County


Eric Florip | Columbian transportation & environment reporter WATFORD CITY, N.D. — On a rare day off, Chris Piche reached into the bed of his pickup and pulled out a small plastic container holding his livelihood. The former Battle Ground resident opened it and poured its contents into an empty water bottle. The thin, dark orange-tinted liquid, about the consistency of water, ...

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ND may reduce drug paraphernalia max sentences


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media North Dakota’s jail cells are overcrowded. With the recent influx of crime in the crowded western part of the state, lawmakers are attempting to solve the problem by reducing sentencing for drug paraphernalia. The number of inmates in state prisons has risen from 1,437 in 2008 to the maximum capacity of 1,576 beds by ...

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Tornado watch in western ND


Shale Plays Media Staff A tornado watch and severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service in Bismarck. The warning is specifically for Billings, Golden Valley, and Slop counties. The storm could potentially produce 60 mph winds and quarter-sized hail. A separate severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Dunn, Grant, Hettinger, Mercer, Morton, and Stark counties. Related: ...

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ND oil boom stands at a crossroads and Sarah Christianson is there with camera in hand


Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Internationally recognized photographer Sarah Christianson is a fourth generation North Dakotan. She grew up on a family farm near Cummings where her great, great grandparents homesteaded land during western expansion in 1884. Her bloodline could not be more North Dakotan than that. So it’s no wonder that much of her professional career has revolved ...

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Western North Dakota in tornado watch


By April Baumgarten, The Dickinson Press Portions of western North Dakota, eastern Montana and  are in a long-range tornado watch until 8 p.m. Mountain Time, according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck. Meteorologists issued the warning for Adams, Billings, Bowman, Golden Valley, McKenzie and Slope counties in North Dakota, Butte, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington and Perkins in South Dakota, and ...

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