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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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Affordable housing projected announced for Watford City

Affordable housing projected announced for Watford City

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced on Wednesday the state will spend $2.6 million to build an affordable apartment complex for essential medical personnel in western North Dakota.

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N.D. produced a record 35 million barrels of oil in August

N.D. produced a record 35 million barrels of oil in August

WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota produced a record 35 million barrels of oil in August, according to figures released Wednesday by the state’s Industrial Commission.

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Oil patch jail being paid off 18 years early

Oil patch jail being paid off 18 years early

WILLISTON, N.D. — Williams County is paying off its six-year-old jail 18 years ahead of schedule, while officials talk about possibly doubling the size of the facility.

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Environmentalists press Oil and Gas officials for more public information

Environmentalists press Oil and Gas officials for more public information

Calling oil and gas information from Montana too hard to come by and not very useful, environmentalists pressed the Board of Oil and Gas for more transparency Wednesday.

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North Dakota's oil boom sparks new industry

North Dakota's oil boom sparks new industry

BISMARCK, N.D. — Working relationships between energy and other industries in North Dakota were touted Tuesday as the future of the state’s economy at the eighth annual Great Plains Empower North Dakota Energy Conference.

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Defense says there's no evidence man profited from N.D. sex trade

WILLISTON, N.D. — A man charged with human trafficking in Williston pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday as his attorney argued there is no evidence linking him to the sex trade.

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OSHA investigating death of welder in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a welder in Williston.

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North Dakota HIV/AIDS rate rises with population growth

WILLISTON, N.D. — The number of HIV and AIDS cases in North Dakota has grown dramatically in recent years as workers from across the country have flocked to the state because of its booming economy.

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N.D. luxury man camps offer amenities for roughnecks

N.D. luxury man camps offer amenities for roughnecks

WILLISTON, N.D. — Worker accommodations in North Dakota's oil patch can be rough: men sleep in tiny trailers with boarded windows, parked cars and overcrowded apartments. The barracks-style "man camps" might imply that roughness of life, too.

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N.D. schools see hike in students deemed homeless

WILLISTON, N.D. — As enrollment continues to surge at schools in North Dakota’s oil country, the number of students deemed homeless under federal regulations is also increasing.

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N.D. attorney general: Oil patch tech theft a threat

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota's attorney general says agents are working to combat the theft of trade secrets in the state's western oil patch.

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More families reuniting with breadwinners in Bakken

More families reuniting with breadwinners in Bakken

DICKINSON, N.D. — Job postings around the Oil Patch list the usual: pay, location, duties. But an attractive offer amid a housing crunch can be that of a place to live.

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Truck bypass makes small town eerily quiet

Truck bypass makes small town eerily quiet

ALEXANDER, N.D. — Tobacco Depot owner Phil Hamda was looking forward to the truck bypass west of Alexander, but after it opened last month his business took a hit.

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