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N.D. awards schools, airports oil-impact grants

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's Land Board has awarded $5 million in grants to schools and airports in the state's oil-producing region.

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Dealing with jail crowding to be costly for North Dakota county

MINOT, N.D. — Meeting a state directive to reduce the inmate population at the crowded Ward County jail will be costly, Sheriff Steve Kukowski says.

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Williston sharply increases development fines

Williston sharply increases development fines

WILLISTON, N.D. — Williston's Building Authority has sharply increased fines for developers who sidestep city ordinances in the interest of speed and convenience.

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'Pipeline fatigue' hits Bakken landowners

BISMARCK, N.D. — Ranchers say they don’t have time to chase cattle loose because a pipeline crew cut the pasture fence. Nor do they have time to repair equipment damaged from crossing a sunken pipeline trench.

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New bypasses improve traffic flow, quality of life in Bakken towns

New bypasses improve traffic flow, quality of life in Bakken towns

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined with state and local officials here Tuesday to christen three truck bypasses in western North Dakota, paving the way for once-quiet communities to regain some semblance of normalcy amid the region’s energy boom.

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N.D. oil conditioning standards will have flexibility, Helms says

N.D. oil conditioning standards will have flexibility, Helms says

BISMARCK, N.D. — New standards for conditioning North Dakota crude oil to make it safer for shipment will provide flexibility and could come up for approval next month, the state’s top oil and gas regulator said Monday.

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Williston to screen N.D. oil boom documentary

Williston to screen N.D. oil boom documentary

WILLISTON, N.D. — A documentary portraying the gritty side of the North Dakota oil boom is coming to Williston.

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Housing secretary visits North Dakota oil patch

Housing secretary visits North Dakota oil patch

WILLISTON, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and western North Dakota officials asked the head of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday for help as the state copes with a lack of affordable housing brought on by the oil boom.

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Regulations could douse North Dakota gas flares

Regulations could douse North Dakota gas flares

Vehicles burning gasoline refined from crude oil is already one of the world's biggest sources of carbon dioxide emissions, and one of the United States' largest sources of crude oil is the Bakken shale in North Dakota.

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Colorado man pleads guilty to Sidney teacher's killing

Colorado man pleads guilty to Sidney teacher's killing

SIDNEY — A Colorado man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of a Montana teacher in an oil boom town where residents say their lives were forever altered by the crime.

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Daines, Curtis to debate in Bakken oil patch

Daines, Curtis to debate in Bakken oil patch

SIDNEY — Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Amanda Curtis head to the Bakken oil patch for the second of back-to-back debates ahead of the U.S. Senate election on Nov. 4.

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Housing and Urban Development chief to visit Bakken

Housing and Urban Development chief to visit Bakken

WILLISTON, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is set to host U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro in western North Dakota on Wednesday.

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Company considers oil refinery at Devils Lake

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — A Canada-based energy company is considering building an oil refinery at Devils Lake.

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Poll: Most think oil counties don't get enough funding

DICKINSON, N.D. — The majority of North Dakotans, regardless of location or political leaning, think oil-producing counties do not receive enough state oil impact funding to meet their needs, or are unsure, according to a new poll.

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Jail overcrowding spreads across North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. — Jail overcrowding has spread beyond the Bakken.

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Williston still has homeless, transient population

Williston still has homeless, transient population

WILLISTON, N.D. — When the oil boom hit Williston, people had no trouble finding employment, but finding a bed was another matter.

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CNN’s Ling documents women seizing oil patch opportunities

CNN’s Ling documents women seizing oil patch opportunities

WILLISTON, N.D. — CNN’s Lisa Ling said when she came to Williston, she was prepared to be cat-called due to the influx of men working in the oil fields of western North Dakota.

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Developer brings new vision for Williston’s Downtown Plaza

WILLISTON, N.D. — Raymond Melendez’s vision for Williston is to create a vibrant downtown and build community.

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As N.D. state’s coffers fill up, who is helping the state invest that money?

As N.D. state’s coffers fill up, who is helping the state invest that money?

FARGO – Rancher Keith Kempenich laughed out loud when asked if he ever gets advice about money.

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N.D. oil regulator: Price drop could slow drilling

N.D. oil regulator: Price drop could slow drilling

WILLISTON, N.D. — Recent oil price drops could halt drilling in several North Dakota counties and force the state to reevaluate its budget, the state's top oil regulator said Wednesday.

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