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Public wasn't alerted of industrial fire for 6 hours; concerns raised

Public wasn't alerted of industrial fire for 6 hours; concerns raised

WILLISTON, N.D. — A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota's booming oil patch, an emergency manager and residents said, after authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours when a facility storing toxic chemicals exploded.

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Officials: Williston fire burned chemicals; air OK

Officials: Williston fire burned chemicals; air OK

WILLISTON, N.D. — An emergency manager says this week's fire at a Williston oil field supply company likely burned dozens of different chemicals that were stored there.

July 23, 2014 6:40 am Photos

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Lightning a threat to ND saltwater disposal sites

Lightning a threat to ND saltwater disposal sites

WILLISTON, N.D. — Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame.

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Man charged in North Dakota with masquerading as FBI agent

Man charged in North Dakota with masquerading as FBI agent

WILLISTON, N.D. — A convicted con man who swindled Nashville, Tenn., businesses out of five-star hotel rooms, stretch limousine rides, helicopter rentals and expensive gifts didn’t fare quite as well during a month in the North Dakota oil patch, investigators contend.

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Drug offenses, assault surge in Bakken counties

Drug offenses, assault surge in Bakken counties

Drug offenses, assault surge

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Daines asks feds for specifics on 2014 drug enforcement strategy

Daines asks feds for specifics on 2014 drug enforcement strategy

Calling current federal drug-fighting resources in Montana insufficient, U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is asking Attorney General Eric Holder for more details about a recently announced drug control strategy.

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Bakken oil production up, flaring dips

Bakken oil production up, flaring dips

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota oil production ramped up by another 36,000 barrels per day in May, pushing daily production solidly above the 1 million barrel milestone it narrowly eclipsed the previous month.

July 15, 2014 10:36 am Photos

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Updated oil production numbers show more records

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota oil drillers produced an average of about 1.04 million barrels of oil a day in May.

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North Dakota regulators give OK to pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. — A pipeline that will supply crude for a diesel topping plant under construction in southwest North Dakota was given the go-ahead this week by state regulators.

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Great Falls-area brothers bring their Bayou Grill to Billings

Great Falls-area brothers bring their Bayou Grill to Billings

Harold and Larry Goode have added some Southern spice to the Billings South Side, and that’s not so bad for business at the Vegas Hotel.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ferris wheel assembly underway at Scheels

Ferris wheel assembly underway at Scheels

Workers started installing the base of a Ferris wheel this week at the new Scheels Sporting Goods store at Shiloh Crossing in Billings.

July 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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North Dakota natural gas processing plant gets OK

BISMARCK, N.D. — A natural gas processing plant announced last year by a major natural gas company operating in North Dakota was given the green light by state regulators Thursday.

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Officials: No evidence of brine in bay after N.D. spill

Officials: No evidence of brine in bay after N.D. spill

MANDAREE, N.D. — The snaking, nearly 2-mile trail of saltwater that an underground pipeline spewed in the rugged hills of western North Dakota's badlands left a 200-yard-long stretch of dead vegetation, a company official said, though she added there is no evidence yet that the spill has con…

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Why nukes keep finding trouble: They're really old

Why nukes keep finding trouble: They're really old

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — The nuclear missiles hidden in plain view across the prairies of northwest North Dakota reveal one reason why trouble keeps finding the nuclear Air Force. The "Big Sticks," as some call the 60-foot-tall Minuteman 3 missiles, are just plain old.

July 08, 2014 6:39 am Photos

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Charges dismissed against principal accused of arson

Charges dismissed against principal accused of arson

DICKINSON, N.D. — A Dickinson-based judge has approved a prosecutor's request to dismiss charges in the case of a former high school principal accused of setting fire to his school in March.

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North Dakota storms injure 3, cause damage

WILLISTON, N.D. — Weekend storms injured three people as wind gusts and hail caused extensive damage in several parts of North Dakota.

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Investments being made in rural health care in N.D.

Investments being made in rural health care in N.D.

BISMARCK, N.D. — Garrison Memorial Hospital sees 1,400 to 1,500 people in its emergency room annually. That is up about 20 percent over the last three to four years.

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Judge throws out some statements made by principal accused of arson

Judge throws out some statements made by principal accused of arson

DICKINSON, N.D. — A Dickinson judge has ruled to throw out some police interviews with the former Dickinson principal accused of setting fire to his school.

July 02, 2014 7:18 am Photos

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N.D. regulator wants state to monitor oil trains

N.D. regulator wants state to monitor oil trains

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota should employ its own railroad safety inspectors to help the federal government monitor crude oil shipments coming from the state's booming oil patch, a state regulator said Friday.

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North Dakota discloses oil train shipment details

North Dakota discloses oil train shipment details

BISMARCK, N.D. — Dozens of mile-long trains loaded with crude are leaving western North Dakota each week, with most shipments going through the state's most populous county while en route to refineries across the country.

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