Native American Cultural Resources Complicate Williston Truck Bypass

WILLISTON, N.D. – Native American burial grounds and a significant concentration of cultural resources are complicating a truck bypass route around Williston. Williston city and Williams County leaders agreed on a preferred route to build a permanent truck bypass, but Wednesday night they learned that North Dakota’s Native American tribes strongly oppose it. Francis Ziegler,…
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Oil Industry, Wildlife Groups Develop Best Practices

BISMARCK – North Dakota oil and gas producers have new guidelines to help them minimize impacts to wildlife and habitat. Industry representatives and wildlife and conservation groups announced Tuesday best practices such as consolidating facilities away from sensitive areas and establishing common routes for multiple pipelines. Even though the best practices are voluntary, the director…
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Hunting Rifle Used In New Town Shootings

BISMARCK – A hunting rifle was used in the homicides that killed a New Town grandmother and three children, according to autopsy reports. Documents from the State Forensic Medical Examiner’s Office state that Martha Johnson, 64, and her grandson Ben Schuster, 13, died from a gunshot wounds to the head from a .25-06 rifle. Julia…
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New Dunn County Petition Expected To Circulate

WILLISTON, N.D. – A new petition will be circulated in Dunn County to seek a grand jury investigation of Gov. Jack Dalrymple after a judge dismissed a petition last week in part due to a lack of qualified signatures. Meanwhile, Grand Forks attorney David Thompson said he will file an appeal to the North Dakota…
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Faces Of The Boom: Driving In Pursuit Of Life As An Artist

WILLISTON, N.D. – Kurt Wensmann is an oilfield truck driver with a dream on hold. The 26-year-old artist is working long hours now so he can be debt-free by 27 and open a ceramics studio. “To make it as an artist, you have to have flexibility,” said Wensmann, who spent some time as a resident…
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