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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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Drug offenses, assault surge in Bakken counties

Drug offenses, assault surge in Bakken counties

Drug offenses, assault surge

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White House singles out Bakken oil patch in drug strategy

White House singles out Bakken oil patch in drug strategy

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota’s top state and federal prosecutors say the White House is justified in singling out the state’s oil patch as part of its 2014 national drug control strategy released Wednesday.

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$18M awarded to oil patch infrastructure projects

$18M awarded to oil patch infrastructure projects

WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota's Land Board is awarding $18 million in grants to fund airport and infrastructure improvement projects in the state's oil patch.

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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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Man sentenced to 5 years in sex trafficking sting

FARGO, N.D. — The first sentence has been handed down in an online sex trafficking sting on the North Dakota oil patch that resulted in more than a dozen arrests.

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Multiple deaths reported on North Dakota oil patch highway

BISMARCK, N.D. — Two accidents and three fatalities occurred on oil patch Highway 22, the North Dakota Highway Patrol is reporting.

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Semis outside a new hotel in Williston

Semis outside a new hotel in Williston

Trucks sit in a parking lot outside one of many newer multistory hotels in Williston, N.D. Williston is the hub for the Bakken shale fields oil boom in North Dakota. Because of a housing shortage, the hotels often serve as temporary housing for oil workers. Big money is raining down in small…

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Drugs in the oil patch

Drugs in the oil patch

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A bar in Alexander, N.D.

A bar in Alexander, N.D.

A patron walks into a bar in Alexander, N.D.. The Bakken region, which includes northwest North Dakota, is known for its nightlife and drinking scene. Law enforcement officials say the region has had a growing crime problem, much of it related to drug and alcohol abuse. 

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A drug-related assault took place behind this home

A drug-related assault took place behind this home

A trailer sits in the backyard of a home in Williston, N.D. Federal prosecutors said the area outside the home, including this intersection and trailers in the backyard, was the site of an August 2012 drug-related assault planned by a ring known as "The Family." During the incident, prosecut…

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Drug ring called 'The Family'

Drug ring called 'The Family'

This combination of undated images provided by the Williams County, N.D. Sheriff's Office shows, from left, Brian Dahl, also known as "Kodiak;" Jeffrey Jim Butler, also known as "Pops," and James Odeneal at the Williams County jail in Williston, N.D. Prosecutors say they are members of a Wil…

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Walmart paying $17 an hour

Walmart paying $17 an hour

A shopper walks next to a Walmart store in Williston, N.D., near a sign advertising a $17 hourly wage for new employees.

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Patrick Johnsen prays

Patrick Johnsen prays

Patrick Johnsen prays with friends at a coffee shop in Williston, N.D. Johnsen, 29, came to the Bakken in 2010 to escape drugs. He'd been heavy into meth and crack back home in the Chicago suburbs and decided to start over, moving to North Dakota. He arrived with a mountain of debts and $11.…

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Timothy Purdon, U.S. attorney for North Dakota

Timothy Purdon, U.S. attorney for North Dakota

Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota, talks in his office in Bismarck, N.D., about the drug cases he and his staff have handled. Purdon says the sale and use of illegal drugs, much of it tied to the latest oil boom and the money made from it, is one of the state's most pressing…

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Williams County, N.D. Sheriff Scott Busching

Williams County, N.D. Sheriff Scott Busching

Williams County, N.D. Sheriff Scott Busching sits at his desk in Williston, N.D. Years ago, homegrown meth was a scourge in North Dakota but its supply was sharply reduced by a crackdown on "mom-and-pop" meth labs and legislation that made it harder to buy ingredients. These days, the drug t…

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Patrick Johnsen stands by an oil rig

Patrick Johnsen stands by an oil rig

Patrick Johnsen stands by an oil rig outside Williston, N.D., similar to the one he works with. Johnsen, who came to work in the oil fields, is a recovering drug addict who co-founded a local support group for drug users in the summer of 2013. The group is so popular that its members have al…

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Increasing drug trade, violence mar positive effects of Bakken boom

Increasing drug trade, violence mar positive effects of Bakken boom

WILLISTON, N.D. — The blood-drenched man had survived a brutal attack: Beaten with brass knuckles, shocked with a stun gun, slashed with a razor blade, then dumped 40 miles away in Montana, he staggered to a farmhouse for help. His path eventually led authorities back to a quiet backyard in …

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The lights of Williston

The lights of Williston

The lights of Williston, N.D., shine in the background of oil pumps. 

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Crime, including drug trafficking, is up in the Bakken

Crime, including drug trafficking, is up in the Bakken

An officer guides a handcuffed man into a police car in Williston, N.D. Officials at local law enforcement agencies throughout the region say a marked increase in population from the oil boom is stretching their resources. They also say crime, including drug trafficking, is up.

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