Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 580-6890.
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DICKINSON, N.D. — The price of a hotel room in western North Dakota has dropped by as much as 30 percent in the past year as hotels see fewer oil workers. Average hotel prices in Dickinson, Williston and Minot ranged from $70 to $85 this June. Most recent occupancy rates were 43 to 55 percent, which is up compared to last winter but far below what those cities saw during the height of the Bakken oil boom. Tourism officials are working to get the word out that unlike a few years ago, cities in and around the Oil Patch have available hotel rooms at affordable prices.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. – The public will be asked for input next week on alternatives for the proposed four-laning of U.S. Highway 85 south of Watford City, but none of...
ST. PAUL — A Minnesota man is accused in federal court of stealing more than $2 million from victims hoping to invest in North Dakota oilfield housing and using the money to fund his own entertainment and lifestyle, including buying a 17-acre island. Ronald David Johnson, 50, Corcoran, Minn., is charged with five counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota announced Wednesday.
MANDAREE — A fundraising campaign launched by an oilfield company will enable a Head Start program on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation to build a new facility and serve more students. Crestwood Equity Partners, which operates a pipeline system on the reservation, has pledged to donate $1 million toward a new Mandaree Head Start facility. The company, which has 250 employees in North Dakota, also plans to lead a capital campaign to raise the remaining funds needed for the facility.
MINOT — A Minot builder’s take on the tiny house trend will be on display – and for sale – at the North Dakota State Fair. The HGTV show “Tiny...
WASHINGTON – North Dakota’s top oil regulator told members of a House subcommittee Wednesday that proposed federal regulations would harm the state’s ability to reduce natural gas flaring. Lynn Helms,...
TIOGA, N.D. - Oil well pads are getting bigger in western North Dakota as companies figure out how to get the most oil out of the Bakken. Hess Corp. has the Bakken's largest well pad with 18 wells on a single location, but the state's top oil regulator says he expects to see mega-pads get even larger. "At any time in the not too distant future, their record is going to be eclipsed," said Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Bidding was competitive Thursday as auctioneers sold off 23 vacant lots owned by Halliburton in Williston. Twenty-one residential lots in Williston's Harvest Hills neighborhood sold for between $30,000 and $40,000 each. Williams County listed the value of the residential lots as between $50,000 and $70,000 in 2015. Tom Rolfstad, Williston's former economic development director, said the sale prices went higher than he expected. "I think it's a sign of optimism," Rolfstad said.
BISMARCK — A proposal to limit who can comment at oil and gas hearings "got the ax" after the public overwhelmingly opposed it. The North Dakota Industrial Commission had considered adding a definition of "interested party" to the state's oil and gas statutes related to who could appear at certain hearings or submit comments. The proposal defined an interested part as "an individual or number of individuals that have a property ownership or management interest in or adjacent to the subject matter."
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission on Wednesday suspended a $950,000 fine against a trucking company accused of illegal dumping after the company filed an appeal in district court. Commissioners also ordered Black Hills Trucking to post a $45,000 bond, the amount state regulators estimate it would cost to clean up contamination from saltwater that was dumped on a Williams County gravel road in 2014.