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BISMARCK — Developers have bought the oil and gas rights to about three-fourths of the available federal land in western North Dakota, pushing prices to record levels despite industry complaints that the federal permitting process is still too onerous to immediately develop the land. Federal oil and gas lease sales in the Dakotas and Montana totaled $64.4 million in fiscal 2013, up from $50.1 million the year before, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
BISMARCK — A white supremacist who was arrested on charges of terrorizing a small North Dakota town that he wants to take over has been refusing food. Monday was the fourth day that Craig Cobb refused to eat at the Mercer County Jail in Stanton, where he was being held without bail, prosecutor Todd Schwarz said. Cobb has not given authorities any indication why he is refusing to eat.
BISMARCK — Former Bismarck High and University of North Dakota football standout Weston Dressler played a big role in the Saskatchewan Roughriders' win over Hamilton in the Canadian Football League championship game. Dressler caught five passes for 81 yards, rushed once for 4 yards, and hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for the Roughriders as they beat the Tiger Cats 45-23 in the Grey Cup on Sunday night. Dressler signed with the Roughriders in 2008.
WATFORD CITY — While crew camps for oil field workers have become common in western North Dakota in recent years, Watford City is home to a unique camp — one for county government workers. County workers have moved their offices to five mobile homes at the fairgrounds on the outskirts of town.
BISMARCK — Burleigh County deputies have taken a suspect into custody in connection with a threat that temporarily locked down the University of Mary in Bismarck. The sheriff's department confirmed a student posted a violent threat on Facebook on Friday that referred to the Virginia Tech shootings. Authorities say the suspect was found in town. Numerous students earlier reported receiving a text message from U-Mary telling them to take shelter in a safe, locked room.
BISMARC— The leader of a neo-Nazi group who traveled to Leith in late September to support a white supremacist who is trying to take over the tiny North Dakota town says his group may help defend the man against felony terrorizing charges. Jeff Schoep, commander of the National Socialist Movement, said he does not know all the details of a weekend incident that resulted in the arrest of Craig Cobb and a young supporter, but he will be reviewing videotape. "If we believe that they are 100 percent innocent and that they're being shafted by the system, that (authorities) are making things u
ATLANTA — The number of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise but may be leveling off a bit, a new survey shows. More than 1 in 10 children has been diagnosed with it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which surveyed more than 95,000 parents in 2011. ADHD diagnoses have been rising since at least 1997, according to CDC data.
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. — Large camps built to house oil field workers have become a common site in western North Dakota. Now they're starting to materialize in western South Dakota. Two applications for crew camps are being processing in Harding County, one has been submitted in Meade County, and the Butte County Commission has scheduled a special meeting in mid-December to consider ordinances regulating camps in case they materialize there. The two proposed camps in Harding County both are near Buffalo.
WASHINGTON — The House approved two bills Wednesday aimed at speeding up drilling for oil and natural gas on public lands. The measures were among three energy bills the House is considering this week as Republicans who control the chamber push to expand an oil and gas boom that's lowered prices and led the U.S. to produce more oil last month than it imported from abroad. One of the bills approved Wednesday would set strict deadlines for federal approval of oil and gas permits and expand areas open to production.
BILLINGS, Mont. — A Montana man severely burned in a Bakken Oil Patch fire has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with a Texas company accused of providing him insufficient training and equipment, according to attorneys for the plaintiff and court documents. Thirty-year-old Lester "Gary" Roberts of Billings received what his attorneys described Wednesday as a "substantial eight-figure sum" to resolve his lawsuit against EOG Resources Inc. of Houston.