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Dalrymple Projects Special Session Decision in April


By: Mike Nowatzki, Forum News Service BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Monday he expects to decide sometime in April whether to call the state Legislature into special session to address pressing needs facing cities and counties affected by western North Dakota’s oil bonanza. And while he wouldn’t say which way he’s leaning, the Republican governor highlighted several short-term fixes – ...

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Regional jail discussed in northwest North Dakota


WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) – County officials in northwestern North Dakota are discussing the possibility of building a regional jail to keep up with a growing inmate population. People have been flocking to the oil patch as business there has boomed in recent years, and crime has been on the rise. A new jail that was built in Williams County in ...

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Democrats seek special session to address western ND needs


By: Mike Nowatzki, Forum News Service, INFORUM BISMARCK – Democratic-NPL Party lawmakers asked Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday to call a special legislative session to address infrastructure and other needs facing counties and cities in North Dakota’s Oil Patch. “We cannot wait until the 2015 session to address these challenges,” House Minority Leader Kenton Onstad of Parshall and Senate Minority ...

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4 companies fined for violating ND one-call law


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Public Service Commission says it recently fined four companies for damages to gas lines and an electric cable that occurred during excavation projects in Mandan and Minot. Officials say the $1,000 and $2,000 fines highlight the importance of the state’s “Call Before You Dig” law. State law requires excavators to contact a state ...

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Western ND oil patch leaders plea for help


 By Nick Smith BISMARCK, N.D. — Leaders of oil patch communities say they are reaching the limits of their resources to deal with the effects of oil development and need more state help. “The needs don’t go away. They get bigger and they get left undone,” Williston City Commissioner Brad Bekkedahl said Wednesday. About 70 people met at the Ramada Hotel ...

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Forum editorial: Power line dispute a symptom

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Forum Editorial The latest reporting on a proposed electric transmission line across a historic North Dakota battlefield suggests line advocates manipulated data regarding the historical significance of the site. An 1864 battle between American Indians and the U.S. Cavalry has been characterized as one of the most important clashes in the nation’s Indian wars. The Basin Electric line will cross ...

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Veeder to perform in cowboy poetry gathering

Jesse Veeder

Eric Killelea Musician Jessie Veeder writes and sings about the badlands of western North Dakota, where she grew up on the family ranch. After releasing her first original album at 16, she toured nationally, released three more albums and continues to blend western, rock, blues and heartfelt lyrics to tell stories about the buttes and creeks of her family’s working ...

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Drug case highlights underside of Bakken oil boom


The Associated Press Prosecutors have netted a string of guilty pleas among the suspects in an interstate drug trafficking case that’s highlighted the criminal underside of an oil boom sweeping the Northern Plains. The latest to admit to federal charges was Robert Farrell Armstrong of Moses Lake, Wash., described by authorities as the supplier for a large methamphetamine ring that ...

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Panel to talk about ‘special’ protection


January 21, 2014 12:00 am  •  By Nick Smith BISMARCK, N.D. _ Members of the North Dakota Industrial Commission expect a thorough discussion but no formal action today on a proposal that would designate state landmarks as worthy of special protection from development. The commission is holding a special meeting at 11 a.m. in the Pioneer Room of the state Capitol. Attorney General Wayne ...

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Western ND Postal Service gets Heitkamp’s stamp of disapproval

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By: Bryan Horwath, Forum News Service, INFORUM DICKINSON, N.D. – People in the energy-impacted areas of western North Dakota have been dealing with U.S. Postal Service problems since the onset of the oil boom. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Friday she wants to see solutions. Speaking at a forum including both local and regional Postal Service leaders at the Strom Center, the ...

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