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EPA now has ND office space for environmental crime detectives

BISMARCK -- Federal environmental crimes detectives now have office space when they're in North Dakota investigating Bakken-related incidents.

Stories from Williston

Stories from Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. — Everyone in this town seems to have a story. From a hotel receptionist from Kenya to a pre-med major from Georgia working on an oil rig, Williston has a bit of everything, and everybody.

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Oil services manager values North Dakota’s can-do attitude

Oil services manager values North Dakota’s can-do attitude

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Richard Cloy was just 16 when he got his start in the industrial instrument and piping business at the Exxon Baton Rouge Refinery.

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Does N.D. crude need to be stabilized?

Does N.D. crude need to be stabilized?

Amid calls for reduced volatility, leaders say stabilization could increase problems

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Small-town school adjusts to the oil boom

Small-town school adjusts to the oil boom

Housing a key to hiring teachers as school adds students, diversity
ALEXANDER, N.D. -- Leslie Bieber was fielding questions from parents and students Thursday morning, as the new year off at Alexander Public School in western North Dakota’s Oil Patch. Bieber, the K-12 district’s superintendent, then helped a new 10th-grader with his schedule and counseled two senior girls about taking a dual-credit course at Williston State College, 25 miles to the north.

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Bakken crime targeted as drug czar lays out northern border drug strategy

Bakken crime targeted as drug czar lays out northern border drug strategy

MINOT, N.D. – The Obama administration’s drug czar chose North Dakota oil country on Tuesday to unveil the White House’s updated strategy for fighting illicit drug movement on the U.S.-Canada border, highlighting the “emerging threat” posed by synthetic drugs and drug trafficking in the Bakken oilfield region.

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$150M convention center eyed for Williston

$150M convention center eyed for Williston

WILLISTON -- A subsidiary of real estate developer The Prime Group said on Monday it plans to build a $150 million convention center in Williston, aiming to supply a world-class meeting space for the fast-growing oil boom community.

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FACES OF THE BOOM: No small operation: Energy boom keeps operating room’s chief nurse hopping

FACES OF THE BOOM: No small operation: Energy boom keeps operating room’s chief nurse hopping

WILLISTON, N.D. -- The day that Sue Erling arrived in Williston in September 2010, she was surrounded by trucks. No longer the sleepy outpost she remembered as a young girl, the native North Dakotan was fresh off a year working as a nurse in Fairbanks, Alaska, and ready to meet the challenges at Mercy Medical Center.

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ND sets another record for oil production; pipeline bottleneck hinders progress on flaring

BISMARCK – North Dakota set another record for oil production in June, but reducing the amount of natural gas flared continues to be a struggle.

Teachers shortage has superintendent ‘juggling’

Teachers shortage has superintendent ‘juggling’

Oil Patch schools still looking teachers, readying for more students
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Last month, Viola LaFontaine was facing a teacher shortage the likes of which she had not seen in her four years as superintendent of the Williston Public School District. With 25 open teaching positions and the resignation of another counselor, she feared having to reassign reading and other teachers who provide academic support to fill the gaps, which would have affected her reading program and forced her out of compliance.

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With school year looming, Oil Patch superintendent resigns

Rural Williston district amid contract talks with teachers
WILLISTON, N.D. -- With just one week before the start of school, the superintendent of Williston’s New Public School District resigned Monday. Fran Swensgard’s immediate resignation, announced at Monday night’s school board meeting, comes at an awkward time for the district, as it is the midst of 2014-15 contract negotiations with the teachers union.

Canadian Pacific Railway CEO says company will get better

MINOT, N.D. — Hunter Harrison, CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway, showed his pride and disappointment in his railroad’s ability to move North Dakota grain in a meeting Aug. 11 with shippers and two U.S. senators in Minot. But Harrison also showed a fiery, defiant side — defending against what he said are sometimes inaccurate or misplaced reports of his railroad’s shortcomings.

U.S. transportation secretary hedges answer on whether N.D. crude more volatile than other light, sweet crudes

BISMARCK – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday that crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation isn’t being singled out from other crudes in proposed new tank car standards, but he didn’t say definitively whether the Department of Transportation believes it’s more volatile than other light, sweet crudes.

FOTB: ‘You can do this too’: Female trucker proves herself in the Bakken

FOTB: ‘You can do this too’: Female trucker proves herself in the Bakken

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Tasha Tarrell wants women in boomtowns to know there’s more than McDonald’s or Walmart for work. The oilfield is their oyster.

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U.S. energy chief finds Bakken tour informative

U.S. energy chief finds Bakken tour informative

TIOGA, N.D. -- U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said a tour of Hess Corp.’s Bakken facilities Saturday allowed him to see the process “beginning to end” and understand what is required to efficiently produce shale oil with a minimal footprint.

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