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Anglers flock to northwest N.D. to snag a paddlefish


By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service CARTWRIGHT, N.D. – Northwest North Dakota has more people and traffic than it did a decade ago when Dennis and Brenda Ahlfs began traveling from Minnesota for paddlefish season. But the oil boom hasn’t deterred them from visiting the region each year to try to snag the ancient fish. “The fishing hasn’t changed,” said ...

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Column: N.D. roads must be improved for safety

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By Sen. Heidi Heitkamp When I was growing up, I remember taking long drives with my family and hardly seeing another soul across the beautiful landscape of North Dakota. The roads always seemed nearly empty as we departed our small town of Mantador and traveled throughout the state. Little did I know that it would change so quickly. Today, our land ...

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ND boosts hotel room availability in recent years

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WILLISTON, N.D. (A.P) — A tourism industry organization in North Dakota says the state’s hotel availability is excellent with an inventory of more than 25,000 hotel rooms. The Destination Marketing Association of North Dakota says the state added 6,552 hotel rooms between 2010 and 2013. Much of that growth has been seen in the state’s oil patch. Related: Williston’s hotel rooms ...

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Census Bureau head says N.D.’s growth presents challenges for 2020 count


By Mike Nowatzki , Forum News Service BISMARCK – Rapid population growth fed by an influx of workers into North Dakota’s Oil Patch presents challenges as the U.S. Census Bureau gears up for the next headcount in 2020, bureau Director John Thompson said Tuesday during a visit to the nation’s fastest-growing state. Thompson met with Gov. Jack Dalrymple and is scheduled to ...

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U.S. Census Director touring N.D. to see booming population firsthand

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By Nadya Faulx , The Dickinson Press U.S Census Director John Thompson is touring North Dakota this week to witness the state’s booming population for himself after an invitation from Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. Thompson will make stops in Fargo, Bismarck and Williston on his three-day trip, which will include meeting with local officials from western towns and Native American leaders. “I’m ...

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Mormon leaders: membership doubled in western ND


BISMARCK, N.D. (A.P)— Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in North Dakota say they’re adding another administrative unit after membership in the western part of the state doubled over the past three years. Mormon leaders say they will create a new stake for the western portion of the state. A stake is similar to a diocese ...

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PSC approves Lonesome Creek Station expansion to help meet western N.D.’s energy needs


By Mike Nowatzki  BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission gave Basin Electric Power Cooperative the thumbs-up Wednesday to expand its Lonesome Creek Station near Watford City, while also cautioning that it’s not a long-term solution for meeting the western region’s growing energy needs. Basin Electric plans to add two 45-megawatt, natural gas-fired combustion turbines at the station’s existing 160-acre ...

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Western N.D. legal cases spilling into Grand Forks


By Steve Lee  Rising crime in western North Dakota is spilling into the federal courthouse in Grand Forks, adding to the workload of the U.S. magistrate judge here, according to court officials. Since September, for example, Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal has handled all the immigration proceedings from the west at the Grand Forks courthouse. Judge Ralph Erickson, chief judge of the ...

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