The Woodie Lee Watson Ranch has been in one family for three generations, is adjacent to Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Watford City . photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Historic Ranch In ND Badlands Fetches More Than $3.3 Million

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – A historic ranch in the North Dakota Badlands sold Wednesday, Sept. 28, for more than $3.3 million to nine different buyers. About 150 people attended the live auction for the Woodie Lee Watson Family Trust Ranch, with more than 50 registered to bid. The Watsons’ decision to sell the nearly 2,000…
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Protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline site on Lake Oahe celebrate a Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, announcement that the Army promises to "reconsider any of its previous decisions" regarding the site north of Cannon Ball, N.D.Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

Confused About The Dakota Access Controversy? This Primer Will Get You Up To Speed

CANNON BALL, N.D. — Controversy over what would be the Bakken’s largest oil pipeline has put North Dakota in the international spotlight. Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline has prompted the largest gathering of Native Americans in decades while also attracting attention from celebrities, presidential candidates and the United Nations. The fight over the $3.78…
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In this image from video, a police officer approaches the stage as Dakota Access Pipeline opponents took over the podium Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the North Dakota Petroleum Council meeting in Minot, N.D. Amy Dalrymple / Forum News Service

UPDATED: Pipeline Opponents Take Over Stage At Oil Meeting

MINOT, N.D. – A handful of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents took over the stage Wednesday, Sept. 21, as North Dakota’s top oil regulator spoke to an oil industry group’s annual meeting. The elders of the Oglala Lakota Nation referred to the pipeline as the “black snake” as they took the podium and microphone while Department…
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Three Affiliated Tribes Councilman Ken Hall, center, talks with Jack Stark, right, president of Contintental Resources, and Chase Iron Eyes, left, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, during the North Dakota Petroleum Council annual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Tribal Official Urges Respect In Pipeline Debate

MINOT, N.D. – A Three Affiliated Tribes official urged oil industry leaders Tuesday to understand tribal sovereignty and treat tribal nations with respect as the Dakota Access Pipeline was on the minds of many at a North Dakota Petroleum Council event. Councilman Ken Hall referenced the Dakota Access controversy while addressing the industry group’s annual…
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Vegetation is sparse along this saltwater pipeline right-of-way in Mountrail County, N.D., pictured Thursday, June 17, 2016. Rules approved by the North Dakota Industrial Commission would increase regulation of these pipelines. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Legislative Delay Means New Pipeline Rules Will Miss This Construction Season

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s top oil regulator says he is disappointed new rules for gathering pipelines won’t take effect Oct. 1 as proposed, missing a prime construction period. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, said the decision last week by a legislative committee to delay action on some oil rules means pipelines…
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