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Legislative leaders

Legislative leaders

The faces of legislative leaders were sometimes somber on Thursday after a revised revenue forecast for North Dakota was released. From left, Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, House Appropriations Chairman Jeff Delzer, R-Underwood, a…

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N.D. lawmakers worry over reduced revenue forecast due to dropping oil prices

N.D. lawmakers worry over reduced revenue forecast due to dropping oil prices

BISMARCK, N.D. — Staring down a revised state revenue forecast Thursday projecting oil revenues to be half of what was projected just a month ago for the 2015-17 biennium, lawmakers called for caution but not panic in the budgeting process.

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Leith story packing theaters at Sundance

Leith story packing theaters at Sundance

BISMARCK, N.D. — The bizarre and headline-grabbing story of the tiny town of Leith taking on a white supremacist movement is packing theaters at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this week in Salt Lake City.

January 29, 2015 10:45 am Video Photos

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2 teens die in oil patch collision

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports the second oil patch fatality accident within two days involving a semi and passenger vehicle.

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N.D. oil tank spills reported

BISMARCK, N.D. — Oil spilled from two separate tank storage incidents, one in Bottineau County near Mohall, and one in Williams County near Williston, according to reports filed Wednesday.

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Legislators hear victim-centered approach to human trafficking

Legislators hear victim-centered approach to human trafficking

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday took extensive testimony on a series of bills aimed at addressing the issue of human trafficking in the state. Many took on a victim-centered approach as advocated by the state's attorney general, Wayne Stenehjem.

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Human trafficking

Human trafficking

State Sen. Dick Dever, R-Bismarck, testifies in support of SB2199 involving the crimes of human trafficking to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., Wednesday. In the background is state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

January 28, 2015 2:40 pm
N.D. bill to allow guns in schools draws sharp debate

N.D. bill to allow guns in schools draws sharp debate

BISMARCK, N.D. — Whether or not educators or staff at schools should be allowed to conceal carry firearms drew heated debate before lawmakers Tuesday.

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Dwight Kiefert

Dwight Kiefert

Rep. Dwight Kiefert, R-Valley City, holds a handgun vault as he introduces HB1195, allowing for a concealed firearm in a school, during a House Education Committee hearing held at the state Capitol in Bismarck on Tuesday. Kiefert is one of the co-sponsors of the bill.

January 28, 2015 11:05 am
Helping young kids with sexual behavior problems

Helping young kids with sexual behavior problems

BISMARCK, N.D. — Paula Condol doesn’t want to see an 8-year-old charged with a sex offense.

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Therapists

Therapists

The therapists at Sanford Health Dakota Children's Advocacy Center in Bismarck are, from left, Angela Kuntz, Ashley Steckler, Paula Condol and Chelsea Axt. Kuntz is a therapist; Steckler is the executive director of Children's Advocacy Center of North Dakota; Condol is the director of the Sa…

January 26, 2015 10:55 am
Bakken wives worry over job losses

Bakken wives worry over job losses

BISMARCK, N.D. — With the price for a barrel of crude oil hovering below $50 per barrel, the wives and girlfriends of the men who came to the Bakken to work are facing worries of their own.

January 25, 2015 10:58 am Photos

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North Dakota woman rises above fat-shaming comments

North Dakota woman rises above fat-shaming comments

BISMARCK, N.D. — Joey Schleicher is a 200-pound redhead who was standing at the produce department of a Minot grocery store when she overheard a fit woman in yoga pants tell the man she was with that it was nice to see someone such as Schleicher buying vegetables for a change.

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2nd oil fields death this year under investigation

2nd oil fields death this year under investigation

BISMARCK, N.D. — This year’s second death in the oil fields is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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After Yellowstone oil spill, North Dakota will test for oil in drinking water

After Yellowstone oil spill, North Dakota will test for oil in drinking water

BISMARCK, N.D.— The North Dakota Department of Health will sample drinking water at Williston and possibly other municipal sources to see whether oil spilled into the Yellowstone River last weekend is cause for public concern.

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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.

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New radioactive waste rules get hearing Friday

BISMARCK, N.D. — A bill to get the State Health Department prepared for new radioactive waste rules will be heard at 9 a.m. Friday in the Capitol Fort Union room.

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Brine, oil spill in North Dakota county

BISMARCK, N.D. — The state health department reported a brine and oil spill Wednesday in Renville County.

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Company owner dies at Bakken oil well site

MANDAREE, N.D. — An oil service company owner has died and another employee was injured while repairing equipment at an oil well near Mandaree.

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1 dead, 1 injured in Bakken oilfield accident

1 dead, 1 injured in Bakken oilfield accident

BISMARCK, N.D. — An oil service company owner has died and another employee was injured while repairing equipment at a QEP Resources oil well location near Mandaree.

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N.D. lawmakers re-introduce school concealed carry bill

N.D. lawmakers re-introduce school concealed carry bill

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers have re-introduced a bill that would allow anyone with a Class 1 concealed carry permit to carry a firearm in a school, so long as they have the permission of that school's governing body.

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Police in Dickinson investigate Monday shooting

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Stark County Sheriff's Department and North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating a shooting that took place early Monday morning.

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UND's Kelley: Nickname remains 'Fighting Question Mark'

UND's Kelley: Nickname remains 'Fighting Question Mark'

BISMARCK, N.D. — The latest chapter in the University of North Dakota nickname saga began Monday in the form of a bill that, if approved, would extend a moratorium on implementing a new nickname for another two years.

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Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly

University of North Dakota President Robert Kelly addresses members of the House Education Committee in his opposition to HB1155 during a House Education Committee hearing held Monday morning at the state Capitol in Bismarck. The bill would prohibit the university or the Board of Higher Educ…

January 13, 2015 10:20 am
Couple preparing for birth of baby whose heart is 'outside her chest'

Couple preparing for birth of baby whose heart is 'outside her chest'

BISMARCK, N.D. — Brian and Caitlin Veitz met in college. He works in the oil fields and she's a substitute teacher. They've been married for nearly five years and are pregnant with their first baby, Kieran Jane Veitz.

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North Dakota — the whole state — under blizzard warning or winter weather advisory

North Dakota — the whole state — under blizzard warning or winter weather advisory

BISMARCK, N.D. — All of North Dakota is included in either a blizzard warning or a winter weather advisory because of strong wind and blowing snow.

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Oil keeps dropping, rigs slowing

Oil keeps dropping, rigs slowing

BISMARCK, N.D. — Another dip in oil prices Monday, briefly touching a five-year low at less than $50 a barrel, caused an upset in the stock exchange and focused more attention on response by companies drilling the Bakken in North Dakota.

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Oil boom attracts reality show to Williston

Oil boom attracts reality show to Williston

BISMARCK, N.D. — Filling rooms hasn’t been hard for the Missouri Flats Inn in Williston since oil production started booming in the western part of the state.

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Mexican nationals arrested after crash, search through Badlands

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A vehicle collision led officers in McKenzie County in northwest North Dakota to arrest three Mexican nationals for allegedly trafficking 30 grams of methamphetamine.

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Oil towns

Oil towns

Towns such as Williston and Watford City see any downturn in oil production as an opportunity to catch up to housing and infrastructure demands.

December 22, 2014 9:56 am
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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Morgan Chase Development partners

Morgan Chase Development partners

Morgan Chase Development partners Richard Brown, left, and Joe Marques packed up their application Aug. 21 for a 318-unit oil worker hotel in Fryburg. However, Brown is back for another try with a scaled-down project this week.

December 16, 2014 3:55 pm
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.

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Activists call for more study of disposal of radioactive waste

BISMARCK, N.D. — Leaders with the Dakota Resource Council said Monday they believe more study is needed before implementing recommendations from the radioactive oilfield waste study released last week by the North Dakota Department of Health.

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Small North Dakota towns dealing with loss of general store

Small North Dakota towns dealing with loss of general store

BISMARCK, N.D. — Several small towns in western North Dakota are looking for replacements as Alco stores in the communities close.

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Hazen Alco store

Hazen Alco store

Jessie Lais, of Stanton, and her daughter, Khira Zenker, shop the Hazen Alco store late Tuesday afternoon. The store among all the company’s properites will be sold at auction next week. Meanwhile, shoppers are taking home heavily discounted hardware, pet supplies and other items.

December 15, 2014 10:34 am

Laughing Sun Brewing moves into distribution

BISMARCK, N.D. — A local brew house is taking advantage of a new law allowing small brewers to distribute their own beer.

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Emergency manager calls for safety review Bakken highway

Emergency manager calls for safety review Bakken highway

BISMARCK, N.D. — Karolin Rockvoy left the scene of what turned out to be a fatal accident on Highway 85 Tuesday and picked up the phone.

December 14, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Alexander

Alexander

The town of Alexander is quieter now with traffic diverted out onto a four-lane bypass, but the town's fire chief, Lance Powell, says there are safety problems with the design of Highway 85 that need attention.

December 14, 2014 2:40 pm
U.S. Highway 85

U.S. Highway 85

U.S. Highway 85 intersection with N.D. Highway 68.

December 14, 2014 2:41 pm
Bakken boom brings surge of diversity to North Dakota

Bakken boom brings surge of diversity to North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — Job seekers and immigrants have brought a surge of diversity to North Dakota, but the arrival of many new people from diverse native lands often results in a few language gaps.

December 14, 2014 1:00 pm Photos

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Akram Alyas, left, an Iraqi refugee

Akram Alyas, left, an Iraqi refugee

Akram Alyas, left, an Iraqi refugee, works with Adult Learning Center teacher Christian Helgeson on Nov. 6 in Bismarck, N.D. Alyas, a teacher and electrician in Iraq, and his family were forced out of their country because of his religious beliefs as a Christian.

December 13, 2014 2:38 pm
Oil money might bring paved streets to North Dakota village for the first time

Oil money might bring paved streets to North Dakota village for the first time

MANNING, N.D. — The Dunn County seat in the oil-booming Bakken still has dirt streets and its unofficial mayor says it's time to dress things up a bit.

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Manning

Manning

Other than rural water, the unincorporated village of Manning, the Dunn County seat of government, hasn't seen infrastructure since it was established in 1908. A plan to pave its dirt streets will be discussed at 7 p.m. Dec. 16.

December 08, 2014 9:35 am
N.D. looks at requiring students to pass U.S. citizenship test before graduating

N.D. looks at requiring students to pass U.S. citizenship test before graduating

Students in North Dakota will have to pass the U.S. citizenship test if lawmakers approve a bill this spring to make the 100-question exam a graduation requirement.

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Citizenship test

Citizenship test

Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota state superintendent of schools, talks about a proposed legislative bill requiring all high school students in the state to pass a citizenship test during a press conference held Monday at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Behind Baesler is, from left, Rep. Mike Na…

December 02, 2014 7:11 am
North Dakota officials denounce New York Times report on the Bakken

North Dakota officials denounce New York Times report on the Bakken

BISMARCK, N.D. — State officials Tuesday denounced a monthslong investigative report conducted by The New York Times that ran last weekend as being an inaccurate portrayal of how state has regulated the oil and gas industry in recent years.

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Williston group has major plans for downtown

Williston group has major plans for downtown

WILLISTON, N.D. — With an influx of new stores, the growing Williston Downtowners Association has big plans.

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BNSF, communities at cross arms over train blockages

BNSF, communities at cross arms over train blockages

NEW SALEM — The mayor of New Salem has had her fill of kids crawling under railroad cars and people driving around crossings when the arms are down with no train in sight.

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