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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 oilfields of western North Dakota.

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FACES OF THE BOOM: BBQ bus adds Southern flavor to small town

FACES OF THE BOOM: BBQ bus adds Southern flavor to small town

RAY, N.D. -- What’s yellow and black, has six tires and a custom-built smoker? It’s Tim Oldham’s school bus-turned-food truck in which he rustles up Southern-style barbecue seven days a week on the outskirts of the small town of Ray in North Dakota’s oil country.

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Retiring from the wildlife: Naylor reflects on career with the National Park Service

Retiring from the wildlife: Naylor reflects on career with the National Park Service

MEDORA, N.D. -- Valerie Naylor says she was not pursuing a career when she volunteered at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but she found one. “It was life-changing,” she said of time she spent in the park with Student Conservation Association, a nonprofit aimed at creating the next generation of conservation leaders. It worked. On Oct. 31, at age 56, Naylor will retire after serving 11½ years as the park’s superintendent and more than 30 years with the National Park Service. It’s a career that has dealt with managing wildlife, sharing knowledge with park visitors and mitigating the effects of the oil boom.

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UPDATED: College president put on leave for alleged misconduct involving alcohol

UPDATED: College president put on leave for alleged misconduct involving alcohol

BISMARCK, N.D. – Williston State College President Raymond Nadolny was placed on indefinite paid leave Wednesday for alleged misconduct involving alcohol use, North Dakota University System officials said. Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen informed Nadolny of the decision in a letter Wednesday, telling him an independent investigator will conduct “a thorough investigation of the allegations.”

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Measure 7 backers, opponents take poll results in stride

FARGO, N.D. – Backers and opponents of North Dakota’s Measure 7 are taking in stride the findings of a poll that shows public opinion evenly divided on the question of whether state law should restrict who can own pharmacies. The poll, commissioned by Forum Communications Co. and conducted by the University of North Dakota College of Business and Public Administration, shows that 39 percent of the respondents oppose Measure 7. Thirty-five percent favor the initiated measure that, if passed, would change state law to allow pharmacies to be controlled by out-of-state ownership.

UPDATED: 2 inmates captured after escaping women’s prison

UPDATED: 2 inmates captured after escaping women’s prison

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Two minimum security inmates who escaped from a women’s prison in southwest North Dakota late Wednesday were arrested shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday about 25 miles away in Dickinson. Dickinson Police Capt. Joe Cianni said the department’s dispatch received a tip about two women matching the description of Justice Lange and Jessica Briggs walking along a Dickinson street. Officers responded and identified the women from their mugshots. Within three minutes, officers had taken them into custody without incident.

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Poll: Most are for Measure 8

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Even as opposition picks up against a later start date for schools, a new poll suggests Measure 8 will pass without a hitch. The poll, commissioned by Forum Communications Co. and conducted by the University of North Dakota College of Business and Public Administration, found 60 percent of respondents planned to vote in favor of Measure 8. Less than one-third, or 26 percent, said they would vote “no,” and 14 percent were undecided.

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UND group promises new nickname plan by 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota’s new nickname task force decided on a broad goal at their second official meeting Thursday. The committee approved a motion to provide UND President Robert Kelley with “a detailed written document by Dec. 31, 2014, containing an action plan for final selection of a potential new nickname based on input from appropriate constituents and task force recommendations.”

Study: Gay marriage would mean little new spending in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. – Legalizing same-sex marriage in North Dakota would generate an estimated $1.9 million in additional spending over three years, the smallest bump in spending that legal gay marriage would produce in any state, according to a recent study. The new spending expected would pale in comparison to the economic jolt predicted in larger states, the study by researchers at the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles shows.

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http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2792/50/50/ OIL PATCH DISPATCH
Faces of the Boom: BBQ bus adds Southern flavor to small town
By Kathleen J. Bryan Forum News Service RAY, N.D. -- Whats yellow and black, has six tires and a custom-built smoker? Its Tim Oldhams school bus-turned-food truck in which he rustles up Southern-styl...
10/20/14 at 12:56 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2757/50/50/ ASTRO BOB
Mars probes A-OK after dramatic comet flyby
All three U.S. spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet reported back in good health after their close encounter with Comet Siding Spring this afternoon. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Odyssey and ...
10/19/14 at 8:42 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2763/50/50/ BISON MEDIA BLOG
FCS Sunday Night Ramblings
The Sunday Live Chats are on hold for a bit, we're bringing back the videos from the new and improved bunker! Tonight a first look at the projected playoff field, also former NDSU All-American Paul Co...
10/19/14 at 6:53 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2811/50/50/ UND HOCKEY
Saturday night rewind
Five highlights from around the country: 1. Omaha continued to stay hot early this season, sweeping Western Michigan on the road. The top line of Jake Guentzel-Dominic Zombo-Austin Ortega now has 21 ...
10/19/14 at 11:57 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2759/50/50/ ADDICTED TO RUNNING
Chasing hills
With just 15 days remaining until the start of the New York City Marathon, I went chasing hills today near Hawley as part of my final preparations in this long buildup to this once-in-a-lifetime race....
10/18/14 at 2:14 PM

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http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2771/50/50/ KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS
One Special Friend is Enough for Kindness
Have you ever felt like everyone was in on a joke except you? Im not sure if I should feel angry or sad, but deep in my heart, Im feeling a strange combination of dark emotions that are all jumble...
10/18/14 at 7:17 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2758/50/50/ UND NEWS
UND, CVIC agree to put confidential advocate/advisor on campus for victims of sexual violence
Arrangement will put CVIC employee at UND about 20 hours a week The University of North Dakota and the Grand Forks Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) have agreed to partner in an effort t...
10/17/14 at 4:29 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2764/50/50/ BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH DAKOTA
Health insurance open enrollment primer
Most Americans were required to have health insurance coverage in 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). Those who do not comply with the individual mandate in the...
10/16/14 at 4:08 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2767/50/50/ COURAGE IN THE KITCHEN: REMINISCENCES AND RECIPES
Easy Oatmeal Pancakes
As I have written elsewhere, we had a lot of pancakes for breakfast when I was growing. up. Most were Moms ordinary thin pancakes, but she made other kinds from time to time. Though I dont remember...
10/16/14 at 10:27 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2774/50/50/ NDSU NEWS
NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health to hold White Coat Ceremony
NDSUNursing at Sanford Health has scheduled its inaugural White Coat Ceremony for Sunday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. at the Best Western Seven Seas Hotel in Mandan, North Dakota. A total of 107 sophomore an...
10/15/14 at 3:54 PM

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