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'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up

'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that woul…

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Bakken wives worry over job losses

Bakken wives worry over job losses

BISMARCK, N.D. — With the price for a barrel of crude oil hovering below $50 per barrel, the wives and girlfriends of the men who came to the …

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UM economists: Tourism powers economy, gas prices a concern in Bakken

UM economists: Tourism powers economy, gas prices a concern in Bakken

MISSOULA — Tourism in Montana is booming, beef calf prices are at a 60-year high and wages are on the upswing once more, economists told a Mis…

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Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

BISMARCK, N.D. — Earthen barriers have been set up across a creek and water was being tested Thursday around the site of a nearly 3-million-ga…

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Snow is dirtier in oil country

Snow is dirtier in oil country

FARGO, N.D. — The snow is dirtier in the Great Plains, especially in North Dakota’s Oil Patch, than in many other places in North America, a r…

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Nearly 3M gallons of brine spill; N.D. oil boom's largest leak

Nearly 3M gallons of brine spill; N.D. oil boom's largest leak

BISMARCK, N.D. — Nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling have leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, an official said We…

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Questions and answers about oil and gas wastewater spills

Questions and answers about oil and gas wastewater spills

Nearly 3 million gallons of briny water generated by crude oil production has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline and reached two creeks, maki…

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Judge rejects plea agreement in Bakken meth conspiracy

Judge rejects plea agreement in Bakken meth conspiracy

A federal judge Wednesday rejected a plea deal for a Fairview man convicted in a large methamphetamine conspiracy in the Bakken oil fields, sa…

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2nd oil fields death this year under investigation

2nd oil fields death this year under investigation

BISMARCK, N.D. — This year’s second death in the oil fields is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Williston updating comprehensive plan due to rapid growth

Williston updating comprehensive plan due to rapid growth

WILLISTON, N.D. — Officials are updating a comprehensive plan for Williston that is just a few years old, saying the original plan did not tak…

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As oil prices drop, jobs still abound in the Bakken

As oil prices drop, jobs still abound in the Bakken

BISMARCK, N.D. — Even though the number of rigs drilling the Bakken drops daily, Williston Job Service manager Cindy Sanford said her office i…

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Williston to shut down man camps for new fire sprinkler systems

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williston City Commission voted this week to close the doors on two man camps for not having proper fire sprinkler syste…

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Company owner dies at Bakken oil well site

MANDAREE, N.D. — An oil service company owner has died and another employee was injured while repairing equipment at an oil well near Mandaree.

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1 dead, 1 injured in Bakken oilfield accident

1 dead, 1 injured in Bakken oilfield accident

BISMARCK, N.D. — An oil service company owner has died and another employee was injured while repairing equipment at a QEP Resources oil well …

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Conference to connect manufacturers and oil industry

Conference to connect manufacturers and oil industry

BISMARCK, N.D. — Williston Economic Development wants to connect regional manufacturers and oil producers.

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Bullock's $400M infrastructure plan to be heard Tuesday

Bullock's $400M infrastructure plan to be heard Tuesday

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s proposed infrastructure plan, which would spend nearly $400 million on public works projects across the state, g…

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U.S. senators team up to battle human trafficking

U.S. senators team up to battle human trafficking

WASHINGTON — As local police chiefs and sheriffs gathered in Minot to discuss increased crime in North Dakota’s Bakken oil patch, U.S. Sen. He…

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Many say education about human trafficking must be a priority

Many say education about human trafficking must be a priority

As a truck driver more than 20 years ago, Larry Medhurst traveled at times with other truckers who wanted to stop by a brothel in Nevada if th…

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N.D. to consider new trafficking law, more funding for enforcement

N.D. to consider new trafficking law, more funding for enforcement

Plans to invest in law enforcement and strengthen human trafficking laws appear to have support as North Dakota’s legislative session begins t…

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Couple preparing for birth of baby whose heart is 'outside her chest'

Couple preparing for birth of baby whose heart is 'outside her chest'

BISMARCK, N.D. — Brian and Caitlin Veitz met in college. He works in the oil fields and she's a substitute teacher. They've been married for n…

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Moving on from prostitution is riddled with challenges

Moving on from prostitution is riddled with challenges

Rowena Mathews threw herself a two-day party when she turned 30 last summer, soaking up every minute of fun at a lakeside barbecue.

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Dakotas lack shelter, funding for trafficking victims

Dakotas lack shelter, funding for trafficking victims

You identify a young woman, a girl maybe, lured or coerced into a life of sex for money in the hard, scrambling towns of the North Dakota oil …

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Agents who conduct sex stings say no shortage of willing buyers

Agents who conduct sex stings say no shortage of willing buyers

Ding. The arrival of texts and emails sounds repeatedly from phones and laptops in this bustling suite on the fourth floor of one of Bismarck’…

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