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North Dakota officials denounce New York Times report on the Bakken

North Dakota officials denounce New York Times report on the Bakken

BISMARCK, N.D. — State officials Tuesday denounced a monthslong investigative report conducted by The New York Times that ran last weekend as being an inaccurate portrayal of how state has regulated the oil and gas industry in recent years.

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MDU to purchase wind farm in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. announced Monday that it has agreed to purchase a the wind farm to be developed outside of Hettinger next year.

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Proposed N.D. oil refinery would produce 20,000 barrels per day

Proposed N.D. oil refinery would produce 20,000 barrels per day

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Canadian energy company unveiled plans Monday for a $200 million, 20,000-barrel-a-day clean fuels oil refinery that could be built near Devils Lake.

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BNSF commits to upgrades in Casselton area

BNSF commits to upgrades in Casselton area

WASHINGTON – BNSF Railway has agreed to reinforce tracks in and around Casselton, N.D., where several trains have derailed in recent years, according to an announcement from North Dakota Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Rep. Kevin Cramer.

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Crime uptick siphons space at North Dakota jails

WILLISTON, N.D. — Sitting in his office at the Williams County Law Enforcement Center where he scanned the jail inmate roster one recent afternoon, Williams County Sheriff Scott Bushing struggled to find the solution to an overcrowded system.

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MDU eyes Minot area for second diesel refinery

MDU eyes Minot area for second diesel refinery

BISMARCK, N.D. – Developers of a nearly completed diesel refinery near Dickinson are eyeing the Minot area as the potential site for a similar plant.

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Documentary 'Overnighters' offers intimate look at life in the Bakken

Documentary 'Overnighters' offers intimate look at life in the Bakken

A remarkable nonfiction essay on golden rules and grand intentions and oil booms that do not pay off for everyone, “The Overnighters” is a rich and troubling documentary highlight of the year.

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Williston group has major plans for downtown

Williston group has major plans for downtown

WILLISTON, N.D. — With an influx of new stores, the growing Williston Downtowners Association has big plans.

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Former Bakken oil worker files lawsuit about overtime pay

FARGO, N.D. — A worker in the North Dakota oil patch says his employer illegally classified him and other employees as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes and employee benefits.

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Woman ‘sick of getting beat up’ gets ‘pimp’ arrested

WILLISTON, N.D. — A 31-year-old man has been arrested for promoting prostitution after a woman at a Williston hotel told police he would assault her when she didn’t make at least $1,000 a night working for him.

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Williston transplant wants to put a musical take on the Bakken

Williston transplant wants to put a musical take on the Bakken

WILLISTON, N.D. — Keesha Renna is drawn to stories, and in her adopted city of Williston, the tales of struggle, heartache and loneliness are boundless.

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Western N.D. state workers get bonus to help with costs of living in oil patch

Western N.D. state workers get bonus to help with costs of living in oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. — The state Emergency Commission has approved bonuses for state workers living in western North Dakota's booming oil patch.

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BNSF, communities at cross arms over train blockages

BNSF, communities at cross arms over train blockages

NEW SALEM — The mayor of New Salem has had her fill of kids crawling under railroad cars and people driving around crossings when the arms are down with no train in sight.

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N.D. energy workers contain oil, water spill

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division says workers have contained 317 barrels of saltwater and four barrels of oil after a spill in the state's northwest corner.

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2 detention facilities on ballot in Bakken region, only 1 passes

Two counties seeing an increase in crime due to their proximity to the Bakken oil fields asked voters for bonds to increase jail space, but only Roosevelt County’s effort passed.

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Initial tests: No drilling contamination from Bakken wells

Initial tests: No drilling contamination from Bakken wells

Random testing of shallow groundwater in the Northern Plains oil patch found no early evidence of contamination from an energy boom that’s already seen more than 8,500 wells drilled, federal scientists said Monday.

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Billings no longer part of energy company's plans for developing Bakken refineries

Billings no longer part of energy company's plans for developing Bakken refineries

Billings apparently no longer figures into an Arizona company’s plans for developing up to five refineries designed to produce diesel fuel from Bakken crude oil.

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North Dakota mulls rules to make crude safer for shipment

North Dakota mulls rules to make crude safer for shipment

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's Industrial Commission is considering new rules that could require oil companies to reduce the volatility of crude before it's loaded onto rail cars.

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Watford City shooting investigation leads to drug charges

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — An investigation into a weekend shooting has led to four people being arrested on drugs charges, including the woman accused of shooting a man in the face.

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North Dakota state parks booming along with oil patch

MINOT, N.D. — State officials say the booming Bakken oil region of western North Dakota's isn't just driving folks to the state, but also its parks.

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