The Dakota Access Pipeline, pictured under construction on Friday, July 29, 2016, in northwest North Dakota, is expected to be complete by the end of 2016. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

UPDATED: Sandpiper Pipeline Future Unclear As Enbridge, Marathon Buy Into Dakota Access

Enbridge, which has been battling for approval of a Bakken crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, has announced it will invest in a different pipeline from North Dakota, leaving the future of its Sandpiper line unclear. Enbridge Energy Partners and Marathon Petroleum Corp. plan to acquire a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline in a…
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A truck crosses the Long X Bridge on U.S. Highway 85 south of Watford City, N.D., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Kathleen J. Bryan/Forum News Service

Safety A Priority For Highway 85 Expansion Proponents

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – A four-lane highway heading south of Watford City is critical for improving safety and promoting economic development for the region, several said during a public meeting Tuesday. But others urged planners of a four-lane U.S. Highway 85 to do more to minimize impacts to the Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.…
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The Ramada Grand Dakota Hotel in Dickinson, N.D., advertises its Extended Stay Specials on Friday, July 22, 2016. The price of a hotel room in western North Dakota has dropped by as much as 30 percent in the past year as hotels see fewer oil workers. Average hotel prices in Dickinson, Williston and Minot range from $70-$85 this summer. Hotel occupancy rates are up compared to this winter, but still far below what those cities saw during the height of the oil boom. (Dustin Monke / The Dickinson Press)

Vacancies Up, Room Rates Down For Oil Patch Hotels

DICKINSON, N.D. – The price of a hotel room in western North Dakota has dropped by as much as 30 percent in the past year as hotels see fewer oil workers. Average hotel prices in Dickinson, Williston and Minot ranged from $70 to $85 this June. Most recent occupancy rates were 43 to 55 percent,…
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A truck crosses the Long X Bridge on U.S. Highway 85 south of Watford City, N.D., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Kathleen J. Bryan/Forum News Service

Badlands A Sensitive Subject As Plans To Widen U.S. 85 Emerge

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – The public will be asked for input next week on alternatives for the proposed four-laning of U.S. Highway 85 south of Watford City, but none of the options include maintaining a two-lane highway through Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Some conservation advocates have argued against expanding Highway 85 for a 7-mile stretch…
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Minnesota prosecutors allege that Ronald David Johnson, 50, Corcoran, Minn., purchased a 17-acre island on Mink Lake near Maple Lake, Minn., using proceeds from a fraudulent investment scheme involving the Bakken oilfields.

Minnesota Man Accused Of Defrauding Bakken RV Park Investors

ST. PAUL – A Minnesota man is accused in federal court of stealing more than $2 million from victims hoping to invest in North Dakota oilfield housing and using the money to fund his own entertainment and lifestyle, including buying a 17-acre island. Ronald David Johnson, 50, Corcoran, Minn., is charged with five counts of wire…
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