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Trio documenting Bakken boom through blog, book, documentary

WILLISTON, N.D. — It was in her senior year of college that Blaire Briody fell in love.

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'All factors point to very positive' for Billings, Eastern Montana

'All factors point to very positive' for Billings, Eastern Montana

With low unemployment, falling fuel prices, and growing consumer demand, the greater Billings area and most of Eastern Montana have been enjoying a good run, experts say.

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Billings Chamber renewing push for local option sales tax

Billings Chamber renewing push for local option sales tax

At Trailhead Spirits in downtown Billings, owner Casey McGowan is selling the Montana brand as much as his own products. So it’s worth jacking up his prices if the money comes back to his community.

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A tale of two booms: Bakken, Texas oil booms eerily similar

A tale of two booms: Bakken, Texas oil booms eerily similar

CROSBY, N.D. -- Robert Stoddard says the problems are interconnected.

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Wyoming town navigates an oil boom

Wyoming town navigates an oil boom

DOUGLAS — One of the best measures of the oil boomlet here is the number of RVs parked at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds campground.

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From dropout to hotshot: Woman turns life around in the Bakken

From dropout to hotshot: Woman turns life around in the Bakken

WILLISTON, N.D. — When Trevis Alton met the 21-year-old woman, he saw someone who was motivated and wanted to learn.

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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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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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Industry talking another oil boom in Wyoming

Industry talking another oil boom in Wyoming

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Dan Coolidge has been on this ride before.

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Oil boom widens wage gap between the sexes

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's unprecedented oil bonanza has boosted the state's median household income to record levels.

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Williston hires more than 35 new teachers

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williston public schools hired 37 new teachers over the summer to help deal with increased enrollment tied to the oil boom in western North Dakota.

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Bakken oil boomtown of Williston approves $250 million budget

Bakken oil boomtown of Williston approves $250 million budget

WILLISTON, N.D. — The budget for the oil boomtown of Williston has increased nearly fivefold in just three years.

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Tiny North Dakota town braces for its share of oil boom

Tiny North Dakota town braces for its share of oil boom

EPPING, N.D. — The drive to the town of Epping, past the bobbing oil wells and towering drilling rigs that dot the prairie, is one of the few journeys in western North Dakota's oil patch today where travelers, at times, can have the road to themselves.

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Oil boom and housing bust alter U.S. spending trends

WASHINGTON — Consumer spending has soared since the Great Recession ended five years ago in U.S. states with oil and gas drilling booms and has lagged in states hit especially hard by the housing bust.

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UM expert: Montana's economy slowing in 2014

Montana’s growing economy is slowing this year, largely because of federal cutbacks, softening commodity prices and low wages, a University of Montana economist said Tuesday in Billings.

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Small North Dakota town thrives in oil boom shadow

Small North Dakota town thrives in oil boom shadow

GRENORA, N.D. — On the northwest edge of the county, recently elected Grenora Mayor Brett Wilkins plans to host the Raise the Roof fundraiser to help build a new town square.

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Bakken building boom

Bakken building boom

President Theodore Roosevelt once came to North Dakota's Badlands to find solitude and solace amid the area's "desolate, grim beauty." But Roosevelt's Dakota is barely visible today. The area's oil boom has resulted in an infrastructure-building frenzy as the rush for jobs and oil demands mo…

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Williston faces teacher shortage ahead of new term

WILLISTON, N.D. — Williston Public School District No. 1 is looking to fill 18 open teacher spots just weeks before the start of the school year.

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N.D. boom town denies townhouse project

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williston City Commission has rejected a plan to develop 73 townhouses in the oil boom town.

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