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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.

August 18, 2014 6:30 am Photos

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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.

August 04, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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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…

August 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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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N.D. regulator calls Bakken 'an exclusive club'

N.D. regulator calls Bakken 'an exclusive club'

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's top energy industry regulator says he expects April's oil production figures to be over 1 million barrels daily.

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Ambulance service meeting N.D. oil boom challenge

KILLDEER, N.D. — A new building in Killdeer is the go-to place for people who deal all too often with death and sorrow.

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Why not Minot? Reality TV show about Bakken in the works

Why not Minot? Reality TV show about Bakken in the works

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota's oil and economic boom may be coming to the small screen soon.

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Watford City has pains of Bakken boom town on its 100th birthday

Watford City has pains of Bakken boom town on its 100th birthday

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — When Brent Sanford graduated high school nearly 25 years ago, his tiny prairie town seemed to be withering away. Storefronts were shuttered, senior classes shrinking, families packing up and moving out. He joined the exodus.

April 29, 2014 12:01 am Photos

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Changing postal service in the Bakken

Changing postal service in the Bakken

U.S. Postal Service customer service employee Della Nelson waits to give Dawn Martin a receipt after Nelson used a mobile point of sale device to scan, process and swipe a credit card the priority mail envelope at the downtown Bismarck Post Office last week.

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$3M federal grant aimed at Bakken oil patch crime

BISMARCK, N.D. — The U.S. Justice Department launched a $3 million program Friday to help prosecute crimes against women and provide services for victims in the Bakken oil-producing region of western North Dakota and Eastern Montana.

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Mormon leaders say membership has doubled in western N.D.

BISMARCK, N.D. — Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in North Dakota say they're adding another administrative unit after membership in the western part of the state doubled over the past three years.

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FAA head visits N.D. airport strained by oil boom

WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota state and local officials hosted the head of the Federal Aviation Administration in Williston on Monday to push their case for federal assistance and funding for infrastructure development at several airports strained by the state's oil boom.

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Bullock's Bakken aid proposal needs approval from Legislature

Bullock's Bakken aid proposal needs approval from Legislature

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has a $45-million plan to help communities overwhelmed by the oil boom, but it will take significant buy-in from legislators who rejected a similar plan in 2013.

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Bullock to unveil $45 million Bakken communities aid package

Bullock to unveil $45 million Bakken communities aid package

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is expected to announce a $45 million aid package for Eastern Montana communities overwhelmed by the Bakken oil boom.

April 16, 2014 4:52 pm Photos

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Williston to open $76M rec center to draw families

Williston to open $76M rec center to draw families

WILLISTON, N.D. — Winter's chill is sticking around this spring in the landlocked prairie of North Dakota's oil country, but residents of Williston finally will be able to surf in Boomtown, U.S.A.

March 28, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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Watford City voters approve new high school

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Watford City residents have overwhelming approved a $27 million bond measure to help pay for a $50 million high school.

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