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BISMARCK -- Those fighting human trafficking in North Dakota brought their efforts to the Capitol on Wednesday. Lawmakers have proposed a package of bills addressing both law enforcement to detect trafficking and rescue victims, and also resources for women and girls once they are freed. Five bills were heard Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee, with two more expected to be presented next week.
BISMARCK -- A package of bills addressing human trafficking in North Dakota will be heard Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary committee. The bills update the criminal code, provide funding for victim services and establish a unified commission to fight the complex crime officials said has a growing presence in North Dakota, especially its Oil Patch. "We have two messages that we need to send: whether you are a trafficker in the sex trade or a customer, we're coming after you," North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Tuesday at a press conference with bill sponsors.
Al Heiser, Stark County roads superintendent, holds a sign from the county’s sign truck Tuesday at the Stark County shop in Dickinson. Road department employees from counties throughout western North...
MANNING -- Dunn County and three other North Dakota counties must pay for damages from summer storms themselves after the federal government denied emergency aid. In an appeal -- which also was denied -- Gov. Jack Dalrymple addresses the oil revenue question, making clear that the oil boom hasn't presented counties like Dunn and McKenzie with unlimited and unrestricted money. Dalrymple issued his own disaster declarations after a series of summer storms, including torrential rains in Dunn County the weekend of Aug. 15. Dalrymple applied for a federal declaration in an Oct.
Children play the candy wheel Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center during the Trinity High School Mardi Gras, where the gym was transformed into a “Midway” for the...
Cooks stirred some generosity into their personal chili recipes Saturday in Dickinson. More than 20 teams battled with their recipes — engineered by their own employees, borrowed from someone’s wife...
Legislators will work with industry to come up with better safeguards for saltwater lines in North Dakota after a 4-inch line caused the biggest saltwater spill of this oil boom. The magnitude of that spill -- 3 million gallons -- may put more focus on these smaller water lines. The brine escaped a pipe rupture north of Williston earlier this month. The disposal line is operated by Summit Midstream subsidiary Meadowlark Midstream. Now, legislators want to do it right the first time -- on the second try. A similar bill from Rep.
A spill earlier this month from a saltwater line north of Williston has turned out to be the biggest spill of North Dakota's current oil boom. Approximately 70,000 barrels, or nearly 3 million gallons, of the brine escaped a rupture in a gathering line operated by Bridger Pipeline subsidiary Meadowlark Midstream. The company has been using vacuum trucks to suck about 65,000 barrels of water from the creek -- but a significant amount of that is likely freshwater that was there before the spill. "The problem is that ...
WILLISTON -- Officials are monitoring water in Williston in the wake of a large oil spill far upstream the Yellowstone River. They haven't found any cause for concern yet, said Dave Glatt, chief of environmental health at the North Dakota Department of Health. A hundred miles away in Glendive, Mont., close to where the Bridger Pipeline ruptured Saturday, fresh water was being trucked in this week as a precaution after elevated cancer-causing hydrocarbons were detected in the town's water supply. After passing Sidney, Mont., the river enters North Dakota and then joins the Missouri River, ne
WILLISTON -- Industry experts and environmentalists suggested changes Tuesday at a hearing on the North Dakota Department of Health's proposed rules for increasing the amount of radioactive waste in the state. The similarities basically ended there. Environmentalists, like those with the Dakota Resource Council, say the industry had too big of a role in crafting the rules, and that raising the permitted radioactivity levels is unhealthy.