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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.

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Man charged with murder for hire in two North Dakota deaths

Man charged with murder for hire in two North Dakota deaths

FARGO, N.D. — A felon linked to fraud and terror in the North Dakota oil patch has been indicted on charges he hired people to gun down a former business associate in Washington state and kill a former employee whose body has not been found.

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Ministry shipping socks to the Bakken oil patch

ABERDEEN, S.D. — Church patrons in Aberdeen are sending socks to the Bakken region of western North Dakota to help workers stay warm this winter.

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No injuries in Bakken fire caused by lightning

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — No injuries were reported in a weekend oil tank fire in the western North Dakota oil patch.

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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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