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Highway Patrol identifies 2 teens killed in oil patch crash

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Highway Patrol has identified two Alexander teenagers who died when their car collided with a semitrailer in the western North Dakota oil patch.

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Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

BISMARCK, N.D. — Earthen barriers have been set up across a creek and water was being tested Thursday around the site of a nearly 3-million-gallon leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, the largest spill of its kind during North Dakota’s current oil rush.

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Williston updating comprehensive plan due to rapid growth

Williston updating comprehensive plan due to rapid growth

WILLISTON, N.D. — Officials are updating a comprehensive plan for Williston that is just a few years old, saying the original plan did not take into account the rapid growth that the oil patch hub has experienced.

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As oil prices drop, jobs still abound in the Bakken

As oil prices drop, jobs still abound in the Bakken

BISMARCK, N.D. — Even though the number of rigs drilling the Bakken drops daily, Williston Job Service manager Cindy Sanford said her office isn’t slowing down.

January 19, 2015 9:57 am Related Loading…
‘Nobody likes a prostitute’: Drugs, violence part of “the life”

‘Nobody likes a prostitute’: Drugs, violence part of “the life”

The seed for prostitution was planted before Jenny Gaines met “Alexander,” her first pimp, at an arcade in downtown Minneapolis.

January 07, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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Oil industry faces hurdles in 2015

Oil industry faces hurdles in 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. — With oil prices slipping to their lowest point in more than five years, new state regulations slated to take effect and lawmakers proposing major investments in oil country, 2015 is shaping up to be a critical year for the oil and gas industry in North Dakota.

December 29, 2014 9:33 am Photos

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Oil patch towns may get chance to catch up with housing, infrastructure demands

Oil patch towns may get chance to catch up with housing, infrastructure demands

BISMARCK, N.D. — As oil drilling is forecast to see a downturn in the Bakken in 2015, the mayor of Watford City concedes people want to know what will happen in one of the fastest-growing towns in the oil patch.

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Developers still seeking oil patch housing in tiny Fryburg

Developers still seeking oil patch housing in tiny Fryburg

FRYBURG, N.D. — Despite a predicted downturn in oil drilling, developers whose proposed project was rejected earlier this year, are back with a scaled-down plan to turn the former Fryburg school into housing for oil workers.

December 16, 2014 3:53 pmLoading…

1 dead, 2 injured in 3-vehicle crash on Highway 85

ALEXANDER, N.D. — A three-vehicle crash in the western North Dakota oil patch has killed a Wisconsin man and injured two other people from out of state.

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Bakken employers struggle to stay staffed

Bakken employers struggle to stay staffed

WILLISTON, N.D. — The advertisements in bar bathrooms across the oil patch aren’t likely to hawk drink specials or upcoming events. Rather, the space is generally reserved for want ads for jobs that pay almost $20 an hour.

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Faces of the boom: At 72, man having fun working in Bakken

Faces of the boom: At 72, man having fun working in Bakken

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Seventy-two-year-old Clint Perry was seeking adventure and a bit of hope when he moved to western North Dakota in August.

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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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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.

November 17, 2014 9:31 am Photos

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Housing and Urban Development chief to visit Bakken

Housing and Urban Development chief to visit Bakken

WILLISTON, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is set to host U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro in western North Dakota on Wednesday.

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CNN’s Ling documents women seizing oil patch opportunities

CNN’s Ling documents women seizing oil patch opportunities

WILLISTON, N.D. — CNN’s Lisa Ling said when she came to Williston, she was prepared to be cat-called due to the influx of men working in the oil fields of western North Dakota.

October 17, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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Oil patch jail being paid off 18 years early

Oil patch jail being paid off 18 years early

WILLISTON, N.D. — Williams County is paying off its six-year-old jail 18 years ahead of schedule, while officials talk about possibly doubling the size of the facility.

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OSHA investigating death of welder in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a welder in Williston.

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Bakken firefighters too busy responding to oil-related activity to hold annual fundraiser

BURLINGTON, N.D. — A volunteer fire department in the western North Dakota oil patch is so busy that it doesn't have time for its annual Halloween haunted house fundraiser.

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N.D. attorney general: Oil patch tech theft a threat

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota's attorney general says agents are working to combat the theft of trade secrets in the state's western oil patch.

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More families reuniting with breadwinners in Bakken

More families reuniting with breadwinners in Bakken

DICKINSON, N.D. — Job postings around the Oil Patch list the usual: pay, location, duties. But an attractive offer amid a housing crunch can be that of a place to live.

October 10, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

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