Boardings at airports at airports across North Dakota are up 22 percent in the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period last year, Forum Communications reports. Boardings at airports near the oil boom in western North Dakota have skyrocketed -- up 73 percent in Dickinson, 62 percent in Minot and 41 percent in Williston.
Alabama replaces Toby Keith as headliner at MN music festival
The Lakefront Music Festival is set to take place in Prior Lake on July 8-9.
2-year-old who died in Maple Grove crash identified
The crash happened last Thursday on County Road 81 in Maple Grove.
Shooting inside Oakdale movie theater: Suspect on the run
A 23-year-old was shot while inside theater 17 around 10 p.m.
Movie filming brings memorable day for MN teen with leukemia
Ayotzin Limon-Millard was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last year.
Police trying to ID 'Playboy bandit' and 'no-pants raider' suspect
Police are calling the unidentified man "the Playboy bandit" and the "no-pants raider."
Twin Cities under severe thunderstorm watch Tuesday afternoon
Large hail and damaging winds are the main threats.
Famous Dave's family brings new BBQ biz to the south metro
The newest Twin Cities location is the first to offer wine slushies on the menu.
Large hail possible with strong storms in eastern MN, WI
Watch the forecast update with meteorologist Sven Sundgaard.
WI governor vows to protect anyone charged with abortion crimes
“You think it’s bad now? The four Republicans that are going after me, one of them we’re going to beat, they are going to make it worse," Evers said.
Delta to offer service from Twin Cities to North Dakota oil patch
North Dakota's oil boom is fueling demand for more air travel. Delta Air Lines is adding two nonstop daily flights between the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Williston, N.D., starting in November, the Fargo Forum reports.
Building permits going through the roof in Williston, North Dakota
The hub of North Dakota's oil boom issued a record number of building permits in 2011. The Williston Herald reports the city issued more than $355 million worth of permits. That is more than three times what Williston issued in 2009.
North Dakota official predicts population will hit 1,000,000
The state’s director of mineral resources says oil development could push North Dakota's population to a seven figure number. The oil boom has already created thousands of jobs and that is expected to continue. The 2011 Census estimate put North Dakota's population at 683,932.
North Dakota oil town considers new ban on campers
A new law being discussed would make it illegal to live in an RV within the city of Williston. However, housing is a major issue throughout western North Dakota because of a surge of temporary workers in the oil rich area. The Fargo Forum reports there are up to 400 campers throughout the community that would be in violation of the proposed city ordinance.
Minnesota contractor to build indoor RV park in North Dakota's oil patch
The goal is to help ease the housing shortage in the oil rich part of western North Dakota. Plans call for 10 buildings that will accommodate 240 campers, according to the Fargo Forum. The first phase of the project will open in July. Officials in Williston are considering a new law to ban RVs within the city.
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