Photos: Oil boom changes the face of North Dakota North Dakota has been experiencing an oil boom in recent years, due in part to new drilling techniques including hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. The sudden boom has created immense wealth, and also social and environmental challenges.
Harteau: Community will help draft action plan Police Chief Janee Harteau said Wednesday that a new committee of community leaders will help draft an action plan in coming weeks to address the root causes of community dissatisfaction with the department.
Butts out: Anti-smoking battle moves outdoors City parks, public beaches, college campuses and other outdoor venues across the country are putting up signs telling smokers they can't light up. Outdoor smoking bans have nearly doubled in the last five years, with the tally now at nearly 2,600 and more are in the works.
Why American health care is so pricey It costs $13,660 for an American to have a hip replacement in Belgium; in the U.S., it's closer to $100,000. Americans pay more for health care than people in many other developed countries.
Rodeo bull escapes, injures 8 at county fair A witness said the bull charged a Dakota County sheriff's deputy who had chased the animal after it escaped. The witness said the officer fired two shots at the beast before it ran him over.
Dueling bills want to fight Asian carp Paul Labovitz, superintendent of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, and Peter Sorensen, scientific director of the University of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Center, join The Daily Circuit.
Pentagon may revise same-sex benefits The Pentagon is poised to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August, but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married.
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