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Web Developer $43,190-$119,940
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Activists call for probe into state’s oil industry regulation, waste handling
BISMARCK, N.D. – Environmental activists called Friday for a state investigation into what they say is North Dakota’s failure to enforce state rules and regulations for the oil industry as ide…
N.D. slashes $800K fine to $20K for company linked to oilfield waste
BISMARCK, N.D. — A company linked to the illegal stockpiling of oilfield waste inside an abandoned gas station in northwest North Dakota has reached a deal with state regulators that slashed t…
Will lame duck Congress pass Montana wilderness, logging bills?
MISSOULA — In the lame-duck weeks of December 2010, Sen. Jon Tester tried to get his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act attached to any must-pass legislation likely to make it out of Congress befo…
Faces of the boom: At 72, man having fun working in Bakken
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Seventy-two-year-old Clint Perry was seeking adventure and a bit of hope when he moved to western North Dakota in August.
Missoula woman inspired by jail with grandmothers after megaload protest
MISSOULA — Debby Florence sat on Reserve Street staring up at the megaload in the middle of the night. It was a monster, nearly 750,000 pounds, on its way to the oilfields of Canada.
Oil production around Powder River Basin town is up -- and so is crime
Jet, a 9-year-old black Lab with a graying chin, cantered around an SUV pulled over on the side of an Interstate 25 on-ramp outside of Douglas, Wyo.
Producers say Keystone pipeline not a cure-all for rail delays
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota farmers are nearing the end of a record corn harvest this week, but they have serious concerns about grain prices, storage options and rail congestion heading into …
Oil patch workers thankful for second chances this Thanksgiving
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Two years ago Tim “Polar Bear” Garrison faced the prospect of no work in his home state of Michigan, where a 9 percent unemployment rate was among the highest in the nation.
N.D. tribes to revamp plans for proposed oil refinery
MAKOTI, N.D. — Leaders with the Three Affiliated Tribes in western North Dakota plan to revise their plan for an oil refinery on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
N.D. hires consultant to study ways to improve response to crude oil incidents
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services has hired a consultant to study and recommend ways to improve the state’s preparedness and ability to respond to train derail…
North Dakota officials denounce New York Times report on the Bakken
BISMARCK, N.D. — State officials Tuesday denounced a monthslong investigative report conducted by The New York Times that ran last weekend as being an inaccurate portrayal of how state has reg…
New Meridian store seeks to set itself apart in Billings retail scene
When Lisa Wyss began planning a new Meridian Boutique in the Shops at Shiloh Crossing, she was aiming for a store with a modern, distinctive look that would set it apart from other retailers.
Opening times for Billings stores on Thanksgiving, Black Friday
Here is a listing of when Billings stores open for Black Friday shopping. For a map of locations, visit this story online at
After an RV tour of 32 states, Red Lodge entrepreneur returns to offer his thanks
Keith Lauver’s Cooksimple all-natural mixes are on sale, at $4.99 per box, in about 5,700 stores in all 50 states as well as Australia and Canada. On Tuesday, Lauver said thank you to the stor…
MDU to purchase wind farm in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. announced Monday that it has agreed to purchase a the wind farm to be developed outside of Hettinger next year.
Proposed N.D. oil refinery would produce 20,000 barrels per day
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Canadian energy company unveiled plans Monday for a $200 million, 20,000-barrel-a-day clean fuels oil refinery that could be built near Devils Lake.