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Faces of the Boom: Mom-and-pop store aims to keep small-town feel

Faces of the Boom: Mom-and-pop store aims to keep small-town feel

ALEXANDER, N.D. – Life can get hectic in the Oil Patch, but the town of Alexander has a new business where folks can slow down.

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Keystone XL pipeline delayed again

N.D. congressional leaders frustrated, disappointed The U.S. State Department has extended its comment period for the Keystone XL, effectively delaying a decision on the controversial pipeline again.

Bismarck State College supplying steady stream of educated energy workers

Bismarck State College supplying steady stream of educated energy workers

BISMARCK -- They say anyone can find a job in the Bakken. But there are some jobs only skilled, trained workers can do.

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Federal judge strikes down Minnesota rules on out-of-state power plants

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A federal judge has blocked restrictions set by the state of Minnesota that tried to limit businesses in North Dakota and other states from building coal-fired power plants and selling the electricity in Minnesota.

A religion boom: Churches respond to new faces, new needs in Dickinson area

When Rev. Amos Byamungu moved his Adonai Evangelical Church from North Carolina to North Dakota two years ago, his congregation consisted of just six people: his wife, their two children, his two brothers and him.

Supply and demand: In a booming economy, businesses compete for potential employees

Help wanted” signs have become almost as ubiquitous as pickup trucks and oil rigs in booming Dickinson, with everyone from Menards to McDonald’s looking to hire. But while the demand is there, supply has yet to catch up.

N.D. shuts down handler of radioactive oilfield waste for violations in Killdeer

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health has ordered a company that handles radioactive oilfield waste to shut down its facility near Killdeer after state inspectors found several violations there earlier this month.

Oil Patch truck driver charged with illegal dumping

WILLISTON, N.D. – Criminal charges have been filed against a truck driver accused of illegally dumping oilfield waste in western North Dakota, and the trucking company he worked for could face more than $1 million in civil penalties, officials said Tuesday.

Pipeline leaks saltwater in Badlands

MEDORA, N.D. – Continental Resources will submit a plan to clean up a pipeline leak that spilled about 560 barrels of saltwater in the Badlands about 10 miles south of here, the North Dakota Department of Health said.

Oil Patch truck driver charged with illegal dumping

WILLISTON, N.D. – Criminal charges have been filed against a truck driver accused of illegally dumping oilfield waste in western North Dakota, and the trucking company he worked for could face more than $950,000 in civil penalties for repeat offenses, officials said Tuesday.

Newcomers enter race to lead boomtown

Newcomers enter race to lead boomtown

WILLISTON, N.D. – Williston is the fastest-growing small city in America, and two among the thousands of new residents want to be the town’s mayor. Entrepreneur Marcus Jundt, who moved to Williston to open restaurants, and archaeologist Jim Purkey, whose family moved to North Dakota after job layoffs, are challenging city commissioner and lifelong Williston resident Howard Klug for mayor. Mayor Ward Koeser, who will retire in June after 20 years as mayor, said he’s pleased to see new Williston residents getting involved in local elections.

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FOTB: Baseball is back: Ray adding activities with rising enrollment

FOTB: Baseball is back: Ray adding activities with rising enrollment

RAY — The high school here has a baseball team for the first time since the 1970s, supported by a growing school enrollment and a “baseball fanatic” superintendent.

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Farmers still desperate for rail service

Farmers still desperate for rail service

The slow rail service threatening the livelihood of farmers in the Upper Midwest has gotten better in recent weeks, but at the Forest River Bean Co., the railcars ordered from BNSF or Canadian Pacific are still two to three months behind, said the company president.

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560-barrel pipeline leak reported south of Medora

MEDORA, N.D. – A pipeline has leaked about 560 barrels of production fluid 10 miles south of here, the North Dakota Department of Health reported Saturday.

N.D. oil production up slightly in Feb, but still slowed by winter

WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota oil production increased 1.7 percent in February to 951,340 barrels per day, according to preliminary numbers released today by the Department of Mineral Resources.

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