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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BISMARCK — More than 40 percent of Native Americans on North Dakota reservations live in poverty, a rate at least 9 percent higher than tribal areas nationwide, show new statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. At least 14 percent of tribal members living on North Dakota reservations live in overcrowded conditions or lack a kitchen or plumbing, according to figures compiled using American Community Survey data.
HALLIDAY, N.D. – About 120 barrels, or 5,040 gallons, of produced water spilled Saturday when a truck rolled in Dunn County, with some of the contamination reaching a stock pond,...
WATFORD CITY — A four-lane highway heading south of Watford City is critical for improving safety and promoting economic development for the region, several said during a public meeting Tuesday. But others urged planners of a four-lane U.S. Highway 85 to do more to minimize impacts to the Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The North Dakota Department of Transportation held a meeting in Watford City Tuesday to get feedback on proposed options for expanding Highway 85 between Watford City and Belfield.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A former Williston strip club once known for its excessive police calls is working to change its image after retiring the pole. Heartbreakers, which now operates as a night club after city leaders adopted new policies that restrict exotic dancing, is now under new management and will host its first charity event Friday.
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,...