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Incident at Watford City, N.D., laundromat sends 14 people to hospital

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- An incident at a laundromat here has sent 14 people to the hospital for treatment.

Cramer claims EPA is keeping secret maps: Agency denies maps related to Clean Water Act rule change

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- North Dakota's lone member of the House of Representatives is accusing a government agency of keeping secret maps of wetlands and waters with no intention of releasing them to the public.

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Federal judge orders man convicted in child porn case to pay restitution to victim

FARGO – A federal judge here has ordered a man convicted of possessing child pornography to pay restitution to a victim depicted in the material.

OMB forecasts $9.8B in N.D. oil tax revenue in 2015-17

Revised forecast for current biennium is $2.2B higher than previous estimate; Democrat blasts projections as ‘entirely unreliable’ BISMARCK – North Dakota is poised to collect nearly $9.8 billion in oil tax revenue during the next two years and $2.2 billion more than previously forecast for 2013-15, according to a new outlook released Friday that had elected leaders calling for additional tax relief, greater funding for western counties and more accurate forecasts.

Foster County commissioner, former auditor bound over for trial

CARRINGTON, N.D. — A Foster County commissioner and a former county auditor were arraigned on multiple felony charges Friday after a preliminary hearing in Southeast District Court in Carrington.

Fort Dilts: Guns, arrows and poison? Historians mark 150th anniversary of N.D. battle

Fort Dilts: Guns, arrows and poison? Historians mark 150th anniversary of N.D. battle

RHAME, N.D. -- It’s not known whose idea it was -- to poison people by using strychnine-laced food that a wagon train purposely left behind during a September 1864 battle with the Sioux, said Dean Pearson, president of the Bowman County Historical Society.

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Ex-Marine feels at home in male-dominated field

Ex-Marine feels at home in male-dominated field

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Emily Gathje is used to working in a man’s world. The St. Charles, Minn., native served with the U.S. Marine Corps for more than eight years before coming to North Dakota’s Oil Patch to work as an airport operations manager at Sloulin Field International Airport in Williston.

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‘Stealth’ Bakken pipeline project faces fight in Iowa

‘Stealth’ Bakken pipeline project faces fight in Iowa

BISMARCK – A major oil pipeline that would cross the Missouri River twice in North Dakota as it carries crude from the Bakken oilfields to Illinois faces a fight from activists in Iowa but so far has largely flown under the radar here.

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Oil Patch leaders seek to give legislators a dose of reality

Oil Patch leaders seek to give legislators a dose of reality

Division of oil tax revenue an issue leading up to the session
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- When legislators and local government leaders in the Oil Patch make their case for more funding in the next legislative session, they want those from outside the region to have seen the situation firsthand. “We want them to have visual images in their minds of seeing RV parks and these roads — not perceptions — of what it’s like out here,” Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford said Wednesday. “... I think it hit home, they were all looking and watching, very quiet and reflective.”

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Dickinson leaders get facetime with legislators on oil country tour

DICKINSON, N.D. -- To start a two-day tour of western North Dakota oil country, more than 30 legislators stopped at Marathon Oil's Dickinson office to hear from city officials. Terry Kovacevich, head of Marathon's Bakken operations, opened the visit with an update on the company's drilling activity. He said drilling is getting faster, and production is increasing with constantly evolving technology. "We're getting better all the time," he said.

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http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2811/50/50/ UND HOCKEY
THN's annual rankings
Each year, The Hockey News publishes a yearbook that includes a top 50 players in the world list as well as a top 10 prospect list for each team. Two UND players ended up on the top 50 list, while six...
9/2/14 at 1:59 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2792/50/50/ OIL PATCH DISPATCH
Faces of the Boom: Ex-Marine feels at home in male-dominated field
By Kathleen J. Bryan Forum News Service WILLISTON, N.D. -- Emily Gathje is used to working in a mans world. The St. Charles, Minn., native served with the U.S. Marine Corps for more than eight years ...
9/1/14 at 9:01 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2759/50/50/ ADDICTED TO RUNNING
An insightful run
"It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse." - Ann Trason About 10 a.m. Saturday, as I drove to my brother's house, my thoughts settled on my most recent gravel road adventure. I had ...
9/1/14 at 6:24 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2763/50/50/ BISON MEDIA BLOG
Bison Video Blog: ISU wrap up, Weber State preview
Join WDAY sports director Dom Izzo and The Forum's Jeff Kolpack for the latest Bison Video Blog. Jeff and Dom share final thoughts on Saturday's dominating performance by the Bison and look forward to...
9/1/14 at 1:36 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2757/50/50/ ASTRO BOB
Moon, Mars, Saturn and Antares gather at dusk tonight
Don't miss tonight's sweet gathering of crescent moon and evening planets. Just look to the southwest in late twilight to spot the trio. Both Saturn and Mars happen to be exactly the same brightnes...
8/31/14 at 2:08 PM

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http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2812/50/50/ SOCIAL SECURITY: INFORMATION & UPDATES
Social Security in other countries
Q: How does the Social Security program of the United States compare with similar programs in other countries? A: Many countries have Social Security type programs but there is not one basic internat...
9/2/14 at 8:43 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2771/50/50/ KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS
Let Kindness Take the Wheel
This weekend is the last big hurrah for the lake crowd (sorry for reminding you) and for everyone else who wants to sneak in one last long weekend of fun before we buckle down for the fall. Im not ...
8/30/14 at 8:02 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2758/50/50/ UND NEWS
UND alum readies for stardom on Norwegian reality TV show
Premier party for Season Five of Alt for Norge set for this weekend in Minneapolis Kent Luetzen, a University of North Dakota (UND) graduate and Minot, N.D. native, recently was chosen along with 11 ...
8/29/14 at 4:26 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2774/50/50/ NDSU NEWS
Bison Bridge program helps first-generation students transition into college life
Alexis Carney brought her dream of becoming a physical therapist to NDSU. But she brought some jitters, too. She was worried that college would be too hard (she made the deans list), that shed w...
8/28/14 at 8:22 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2767/50/50/ COURAGE IN THE KITCHEN: REMINISCENCES AND RECIPES
Georgia's Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Until she retired a few years ago, Jerri was an active member of the St. Croix Valley Music Teachers Association. The members are professional music teachers and performers, and most meetings feature...
8/28/14 at 7:14 AM

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