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WASHINGTON — North Dakota and South Dakota have the nation’s weakest laws on human trafficking, according to a set of ratings released Wednesday by a nonprofit organization fighting modern-day slavery. Minnesota, meanwhile, was among the states highlighted by Polaris as a leader in passing new laws to address sex trafficking and labor trafficking.
WILLISTON — Fighting drug trafficking in the Bakken requires more than two-week stints from federal agents, Oil Patch police chiefs and sheriffs said here Wednesday. Western North Dakota law enforcement joined Sen.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Health care workers who are on the front lines to detect human trafficking met here Tuesday learn how to identify potential victims. Avera Medical Group, with headquarters in Sioux Falls, has adopted a protocol to screen for trafficking victims that hospital officials would like to see become a model for South Dakota.
WILLISTON — A judge here set bond at $2 million Friday for a 38-year-old man charged with human trafficking and several other offenses for allegedly forcing women to engage in sexual conduct. Williston police arrested Keith A.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will tour Dakota Gasification in Beulah and oil and gas sites in Tioga while visiting North Dakota next week, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Thursday. Moniz and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will be participating in a U.S. Department of Energy policy meeting at Bismarck State College on Aug 8.
WILLISTON — Drug trafficking in the Bakken is highlighted in the National Drug Control Strategy released Wednesday by the White House drug czar. The 102-page document includes several mentions of North Dakota and Montana, including about a page dedicated to the need for agencies to collaborate in response to a “burgeoning threat” in the Bakken. “This influx of highly paid oilfield workers into an area with limited opportunities for spending their income has created a market for drugs and contributed to an overall increase in crime,” according to the report. Michael Botticelli, acting direct
ALEXANDER — New Yorker Phil Hamda came to North Dakota to scout for real estate opportunities, but his plans changed after paying nearly $8 for a pack of cigarettes in Williston. Hamda, whose father owned tobacco shops in New York City, noticed that tobacco prices in the Bakken varied widely. “In New York, if you don’t like the prices, there’s a store right next door,” Hamda said. Instead of trying to develop housing, Hamda took lessons he learned from his father and opened the Tobacco Depot in Alexander in February.
WILLISTON — A critter crossing large enough to accommodate moose will go under an expanded U.S. Highway 85 near Williston, helping wildlife travel through habitat that’s now divided by heavy oilfield traffic. Future wildlife crossings, including overpasses for bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope, are being studied for other critical habitat areas in North Dakota’s Oil Patch. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department relocated a herd of bighorn sheep last year by helicopter to reduce road-kill incidents along Highway 85.
WILLISTON — Tattoo artist Dan Golebiewski is drilling ink in the Bakken to pay the mortgage back home. As business at his tattoo shop in northern Idaho slowed down in recent years along with the economy, Golebiewski kept hearing about North Dakota from friends who moved there to work in the oilfield. He took a trip to the Bakken in 2012 and saw the potential.
WATFORD CITY – Leaders here broke ground Friday on a $59 million medical complex to support the needs of the rapidly growing community. The new 120,000-square-foot McKenzie County Healthcare Systems facility will combine the hospital, clinic and long-term care facility into one central location.