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$17M housing project under way in Watford City, ND

September 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Construction is starting on a large housing project in the western North Dakota oil patch community of Watford City. Continue Reading

Watford City, ND, company part of multi-million dollar merger

September 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A Watford City-based company that specializes in transporting drilling fluids and crude oil is part of a multi-million dollar merger announced this week. Continue Reading

Faces of the Boom: Changes from oil activity bit-tersweet for musician

August 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Jessie Veeder has a story for every hill and tree on her family’s ranch on the edge of North Dakota’s badlands. Now the land that’s been in her family for nearly 100 years has an oil well, three pipelines and other signs of oil development that are less familiar. But as much as Jessie would like to see fewer trucks driving through the ranch that inspires her as a musician, she’s grateful for the opportunities the oil industry is giving her family. Continue Reading

5 N.D. communities awarded day care grants

July 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

State officials awarded $625,000 in grants Thursday to help five western North Dakota communities address their child care shortage. Continue Reading

Watford City, N.D., plans to put food vendors west of town

May 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Watford City has hand-delivered notices to nine food vendors saying it is planning to locate all of them at the fairgrounds west of town.
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ND’s first indoor RV park opening in July

May 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Chad Lekander of Mahtowa, Minn., said he was researching possible business opportunities in North Dakota when he remembered his uncle’s idea to put an RV indoors. Now Lekander has formed B&H Construction Companies with partner Louie Bonneville to construct an RV park about five miles south of Watford City, N.D. The park will consist of 10 buildings to accommodate 240 RVs and will be managed by NETA Property Management of Fargo. Continue Reading

More mobile food trucks rolling into Oil Patch

April 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Michael Campbell has cooked for kings and queens. Now the chef is cranking out burgers and burritos for oilfield workers from a food truck in Watford City. Mobile food trucks are popping up in western North Dakota to satisfy the appetites of an influx of new workers. But not all communities have embraced the lunch wagons. Williston has a moratorium against mobile food trucks in city limits, but planning and zoning officials are reviewing the issue, said Auditor John Kautzman. Continue Reading

Hawaiian natives find opportunity in Williston

March 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Hawaiian Mike Kim used to joke with his wife about moving to North Dakota to get some space from their families.
“That just seemed like the most remote place you could possibly go,” Kim said. Continue Reading

Partial closure of U.S. 85 near Watford City, N.D., shouldn’t have big impact

March 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Neither law enforcement officials nor energy company representatives expect big problems from the partial closure of a major north-south route in western North Dakota’s oil patch. Continue Reading

Truck detours planned for Williston, New Town, Dickinson, other western N.D. oil cities

February 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced today that a $10 million temporary highway bypass is slated to be completed this summer in Williston. A similar $6 million project also is scheduled to be completed this summer in New Town. Continue Reading

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