July 11

SWAT team kills St. Paul family’s dogs during raid, no arrests made

A St. Paul couple says they’re talking with an attorney about a possible lawsuit after a SWAT team killed the family’s two pit bulls while executing a search warrant, the Pioneer Press reports. Camille Perry, who is eight months pregnant, told the newspaper she threw her body over her two sleeping children and screamed “Stop.

June 30

Feds say Mexican drug cartels operating in Bakken oil towns

GLENDIVE – Jails in the Bakken area are overbooked and law enforcement is maxed out as drug-related crime surges in Montana and North Dakota oil patch communities. Deputies, prosecutors and local drug counselors made the case Friday for more federal help during a Glendive meeting with federal drug czar R. Gil Kerlikowske and U.S. Sens..

June 12

Breathalyzer selfies paint a picture of U.S. drinking habits

The first data from breathalyzer selfies – measurements of blood-alcohol content  by a new smartphone app – show that users drank the most on the weekend of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. San Francisco-based breathalyzer manufacturer BACtrack reported on Wednesday  that the highest average blood-alcohol content (BAC) from April 2013 to.

June 11

North Dakota’s Downside to the Oil Boom: Traffic Deaths

Nowhere has the U.S. oil boom wrought as much change as in western North Dakota, where an influx of people chasing a gusher of well-paying jobs has led to some of the nation’s highest apartment rents. But the energy rush has also created a sharp jump in fatalities as the roads around Williston, Watford City,.

May 23

Bismarck police investigating body found

BISMARCK, N.D. — Police are investigating a body found Thursday in northwest Bismarck, but they are releasing few details. Police Lt. Dwight Offerman said the body of a white male was found at 2:35 p.m., but did not have any identification. He said it was found by workers —”I’m guessing it was a construction site.” “There’s.

May 15

In North Dakota, there will be blood

Life is cheap in North Dakota, where a new study (PDF) finds that workers are being killed on the job at five times the national rate. Deaths on the job in North Dakota more than doubled from 2007 to 2012, rising from 25 to 65, as reported by Al Jazeera America’s Renee Lewis. The reasons.

May 12

North Dakota Is the Deadliest State to Work In

Fracking has done some incredible things for North Dakota: It has the fastest-growing economy and lowest unemployment in the nation, and it is second only to Texas in churning out oil. But as with any gold rush, the boom comes with a human cost for those involved—illness, injury, and fatalities. (For a firsthand view of.

May 12

Study: ND oil worker death rate 6 times US average

WILLISTON, N.D. — The country’s largest labor federation says North Dakota’s death rate in the oil, gas and mining sector was more than six times the national average in 2012. AFL-CIO says North Dakota had 104 deaths per 100,000 workers in the oil, gas and mining industry that year. The national rate for the industry.