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Area link to Bakken fluctuates with jobs, price of oil

Just like three years ago, Deb Lesmeister and the small crew that works for her siding business still loads up the super duty Chevy pickup, hitches it to an enclosed trailer with dual axles and drives off from Central Minnesota to find work. Only now she’s pointing the wheels toward towns like Staples or Morris instead of Williston and other ...

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Complaint: Oilfield worker subjected to hostile workplace

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal complaint charges a North Dakota-based oilfield service company subjected an employee to a hostile work environment based on his race and national origin. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a complaint Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bismarck against American Casing and Equipment Inc. The lawsuit also charges the company fired the employee for complaining ...

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Man accused of trafficking in oil patch wants to fire lawyer

FARGO, N.D. — A man who was featured in a documentary on the North Dakota oil patch and now faces sex trafficking and drug charges wants to fire his public defender and represent himself. Keith Graves was one of the main subjects in “The Overnighters,” which won the special jury award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It followed a ...

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Low oil prices good news for North Dakota road budgets

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The same slumping oil prices that forced North Dakota’s Legislature to trim some state spending are stretching road construction dollars further, officials say. The reason: Prices for petroleum-based asphalt are down as much as 20 percent than what had been estimated for road building this summer, transportation department spokeswoman Jane Berger said. “It’s tied to oil ...

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SEC lawsuit alleges Ponzi scheme over North Dakota ‘man camps’

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday sued three defendants it accused of running a fraud and Ponzi scheme in which they raised more than $62 million from investors eager to benefit from growth in the North Dakota oil industry. According to the SEC, North Dakota Developments LLC and its owners, Robert Gavin and Daniel Hogan, illegally raised money ...

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SPM Exclusive Interview: “Boomtowners” star on life in the Bakken

The Bakken oil boom has been a source of fodder for the media ever since reports came trickling in about the surging population growth, people sleeping in cars, rental prices rivaling New York and San Francisco and of course, the region’s criminal dark side. The Smithsonian Institute, though, is shedding light on the often skewed perception for those unfamiliar with ...

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In wake of oil slump, watchful North Dakotans adjust expectations

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WILLISTON, N.D. – Snowflakes and tumbleweeds whip past dismantled stacks of steel that used to be hundreds of oil workers’ livelihoods. Four massive drilling rigs, idled on the windswept prairie near the North Dakota-Montana line here, wait for oil prices to rise again. Last year, when oil was selling for $100 a barrel, each rig employed almost 200 people, directly ...

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PSC considering proposed pipelines in northwest North Dakota

WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota regulators are deciding on two energy pipelines proposed in McKenzie and Williams counties. The state Public Service Commission says Hess North Dakota Pipelines LLC wants to build a crude oil pipeline and a natural gas liquids pipeline. Officials say they would connect Bakken production fields south of Lake Sakakawea to existing processing and truck facilities ...

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Williston to take jurisdiction over $500 million development

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Swiss company planning a $500 million development on Williston’s outskirts likely will need to get a building permit from the city rather than the county. The city has notified Williams County that it plans to exercise its 1-mile extraterritorial jurisdiction, meaning the Williston Crossing project proposed by the international real estate company Stropiq will fall under ...

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$500 million development on Williston’s outskirts approved

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williams County Commission has narrowly approved a proposed $500 million development on the outskirts of Williston, after debate about the chosen location. The Williston Crossing project proposed by the international real estate company Stropiq is to include more than 1 million square feet of retail, entertainment, office and hotel space just north of the oil patch ...

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