Higher Ed Board Considers Extra $5M For Oil Patch

WILLISTON, N.D. – Higher education leaders are getting a firsthand look today at the challenges facing colleges in the Oil Patch. During a meeting at Williston State College, the state Board of Higher Education will consider whether to ask the Legislature for $5 million to target western North Dakota campuses. The money would address housing shortages, faculty…
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UPDATED: Williston May Outlaw Living In RVs

WILLISTON, N.D. – Using a camper as a home in Williston could soon become illegal, but it’s unclear where the town’s hundreds of RV residents would park themselves. Members of the City Commission have approved the first reading of an ordinance that makes it illegal to live in a camper in city limits unless it…
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Pope Talks About The Bakken During Bismarck Bishop’s Visit To Rome

Even the pope knows the Bakken is rockin.’ Bishop David Kagan of the Catholic Diocese of Bismarck recently visited Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. Kagan was surprised to learn that Benedict was not only familiar with the oil development in western North Dakota, he also mentioned the Bakken by name. “I think we’re on the…
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Williston Church Welcomes New Residents For Easter

WILLISTON, N.D. – Whether you came in a suit and tie or blue jeans and camouflage, members of New Hope Wesleyan Church embraced newcomers for Easter Sunday. The church held a community service at Williston State College to bring together members from all three of the church’s typical Sunday services and to welcome new residents…
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Faces Of The Boom: Oilfield Business Founded In Garage Now Thriving

WILLISTON, N.D. – One Friday about two years ago, Michael Sweeney had to lay off all of his employees. Sweeney managed a Williston branch of an oil and gas construction company, but the business was primarily focused on natural gas and didn’t survive. The following Sunday, Sweeney gathered six of his employees, and they decided…
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