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'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up

'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that would have been unheard of not long ago: license plates from Sinaloa, Mexico, home to one of the world's most violent drug cartels.

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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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Watford City shooting investigation leads to drug charges

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — An investigation into a weekend shooting has led to four people being arrested on drugs charges, including the woman accused of shooting a man in the face.

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Woman arrested in weekend Watford City shooting

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Authorities are investigating a weekend shooting in Watford City that sent a man to the hospital for emergency surgery.

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'Pipeline fatigue' hits Bakken landowners

BISMARCK, N.D. — Ranchers say they don’t have time to chase cattle loose because a pipeline crew cut the pasture fence. Nor do they have time to repair equipment damaged from crossing a sunken pipeline trench.

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Affordable housing projected announced for Watford City

Affordable housing projected announced for Watford City

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced on Wednesday the state will spend $2.6 million to build an affordable apartment complex for essential medical personnel in western North Dakota.

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Shooting range in Watford City to close up

BISMARCK, N.D. — The boom town of Watford City has grown up to and around its longtime shooting range and this week, a district court agreed it should be shut down.

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Up 775% from 5 years ago: Oil patch county considers 'mind-boggling' budget

Up 775% from 5 years ago: Oil patch county considers 'mind-boggling' budget

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The McKenzie County Commission next week will review a preliminary budget for next year that one commissioner calls "mind-boggling."

October 07, 2014 10:25 am Photos

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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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North Dakota accuses 2 businesses in Bakken area of running lodging buildings without certifications

BISMARCK, N.D. — Two McKenzie County businesses have been charged in Northwest District Court with Class B misdemeanor operating without a license.

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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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14 get medical treatment after laundromat boiler malfunction

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — At least 14 people in northwest North Dakota have sought medical treatment after becoming ill following a visit to a laundromat.

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Company plans Bakken developments worth $65 million

WILLISTON, N.D. — A New York company is planning residential and commercial developments worth at least $65 million in the North Dakota oil patch town of Watford City.

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Gazette opinion: Dear federal government, just send help to Bakken

Gazette opinion: Dear federal government, just send help to Bakken

Dear Attorney General Eric Holder (and federal lawmakers),

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Watford City to break ground on hospital soon

Watford City to break ground on hospital soon

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Watford City is wasting no time following the June 10 approval of a one-cent sales tax increase and a $1 million donation from a major gas processor to build a new hospital and health care facility.

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Public hearing set for proposed natural gas plant

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission is holding a public hearing about a proposed natural gas plant near Watford City.

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Girl injured in tornado discharged from hospital

Girl injured in tornado discharged from hospital

MINOT, N.D. — A 15-year-old girl who was seriously injured when a tornado struck a worker camp in the western North Dakota oil patch on Memorial Day has been discharged from the hospital.

June 02, 2014 11:37 am Video Photos

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Senator tours Watford City tornado area

Senator tours Watford City tornado area

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp discussed emergency response plans with local officials in North Dakota's oil patch in the wake of a Memorial Day tornado that struck Watford City.

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Condition of girl injured in Watford City tornado improving

Condition of girl injured in Watford City tornado improving

MINOT, N.D. — A 15-year-old girl injured when a tornado struck a worker camp in the western North Dakota oil patch is improving at a Minot hospital.

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Nonprofit collecting aid for N.D. tornado victims

Nonprofit collecting aid for N.D. tornado victims

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Williston nonprofit organization is collecting food and clothes for the victims of the Memorial Day tornado that hit a trailer park south of Watford City.

May 28, 2014 2:24 pm Video Photos

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