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Townships awarded $5 million in energy impact grants

BISMARCK, N.D. – Nearly 50 townships in North Dakota will receive a total of $5 million in grants to fix damaged roads and address other impacts of oil and gas activity. The state Land Board voted unanimously Wednesday to award a total of $6.1 million from the state’s Oil and Gas Impact Grant Fund, with the bulk of it going to townships.

Regulators OKs power line crossing battlefield area

Project still needs federal approval
BISMARCK, N.D. – State regulators granted a permit Wednesday for a high-voltage power line that will cross the area of an 1864 battle between American Indians and Army soldiers in western North Dakota. The Basin Electric Power Cooperative project still needs federal approval.

Company behind Killdeer radioactive waste facility has rocky history

Company behind Killdeer radioactive waste facility has rocky history

State doesn’t check compliance background for that kind of permit
KILLDEER, N.D. -- The operators behind a Killdeer radioactive waste handling facility recently shut down by the state has a rocky history. But that’s not something the Health Department would catch in the permitting process. The founder of Dyad Environmental, Daniel McNair, and the company itself show up in court records around the country. However, North Dakota health officials said the radioactive license permitting process doesn’t include a step to check the background of the companies.

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Former oil trucker leading Bakken tour

Former oil trucker leading Bakken tour

WILLISTON, N.D. – Eastern North Dakota residents who want to see firsthand what’s happening in the Bakken can now take a tour guided by a former oil truck driver. World Class Tours of Wahpeton is offering its first North Dakota oilfield educational tour this June. The business typically does vacation tours, but received a significant number of requests for an oilfield trip, said owner Jake Kubela.

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North Dakota panel takes input on measures to reduce natural gas flaring

North Dakota panel takes input on measures to reduce natural gas flaring

BISMARCK, N.D. – As a doctor who majored in chemistry, Lyle Best said he can’t help but wonder about the potential health effects of the plumes of flame and large clouds of black smoke that frequently belch from two oil well flares about 200 yards upwind of his house near Watford City. He said he and his wife Susan don’t pretend there’s a simple answer to North Dakota’s problem of flaring natural gas, but they have a few suggestions.

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Former University of Jamestown student found guilty of terrorizing

JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- A former University of Jamestown student was found guilty of terrorizing Tuesday in an incident that led to a lockdown of the campus last November. The jury of five men and seven women deliberated for about four hours before reaching the verdict against Robert Flores, 19, in Southeast District Court.

Body of Valley City, N.D., college student pulled from river

Body of Valley City, N.D., college student pulled from river

Victim from Blaine, Minn., played baseball for Valley City State
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Search crews looking for a missing Valley City State University student found his body in the Sheyenne River on Tuesday morning, city Police Chief Fred Thompson said. Authorities believe Dan Buehner, 23, drowned after a rubber raft carrying him and two others went over a small dam, known as the Little Dam, and capsized about 1 a.m. Monday.

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North Dakota legislative committee to address midlevel dental providers

FARGO, N.D. – For years, nurse practitioners and physician assistants have helped medical doctors provide health care. A similar and controversial concept involving dental care will be discussed Thursday at a meeting of the North Dakota Interim Legislative Health Services Committee in the Fargo City Commission chambers.

Man sets self on fire during drug trip, steals car

DICKINSON, N.D. -- A Mandan man is recovering from severe self-inflicted burns after a drug trip went awry Monday. David Kissee, 33, lit himself on fire near a gas station about noon Monday, authorities say. He ran through the car wash, which put out the fire.

LATEST: Body of college student pulled from river

LATEST: Body of college student pulled from river

Victim from Blaine, Minn., played baseball for Valley City State
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Crews looking for a missing Valley City State University student found his body in the Sheyenne River this morning, Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson said. The body was recovered about 10 a.m., Mayor Bob Werkhoven said. “It puts some closure on the tragic situation for the family and the city of Valley City,” Werkhoven said.

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