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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WILLISTON -- You've heard about the trucker bombs and the bar fights. You've heard about the new sex offenders who have moved to the state and the increase in police calls associated with oil development. But have you heard about the guy in a pickup who eagerly offered to pay for a stranger's car wash? Or the truck driver who offered food off his plate to someone he just met? Or the construction workers who used their one day off to unload a couple's U-Haul? You haven't heard about them because these aren't the stories we in the media typically cover. But these are the guys I've met in m
WILLISTON -- North Dakota isn't the only state benefiting from the oil boom, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Friday. As the Minnesota Democrat toured the Williston area Friday, she noted several building projects being constructed by Minnesota companies. "People don't always realize this isn't just good for the country because of the oil production and natural gas," Klobuchar said. "It's also good because we're bringing in jobs." Klobuchar toured western North Dakota Friday with Sen.
WILLISTON -- Former KFGO executive producer Jason Spiess is makin' bacon and "Talkin' Bakken." The 38-year-old Fargo man left his radio job with plans to open The Rolling Stove mobile food truck in Dickinson. But in addition to serving breakfast and barbecue, Spiess will broadcast a new radio show from the food truck every day over the noon hour called "Talkin' Bakken." The show, billed as being the pulse of the patch, will focus on the culture of western North Dakota, Spiess said. The Dickinson radio station KLTC 1460 AM will be the flagship station.
WATFORD CITY -- Michael Campbell has cooked for kings and queens. Now the chef is cranking out burgers and burritos for oil field workers from a food truck in Watford City.
WILLISTON -- Wayne Biberdorf is now the official eyes and ears of the Oil Patch. The Williston resident who spent his career in the oil and gas industry began working this month as the state's energy impact coordinator. Gov.
WILLISTON -- The filmmaker of the upcoming documentary "FrackNation" wrapped up her visit to North Dakota on Friday and said she may feature the state in her film. "It's very likely that I will," said Los Angeles filmmaker Ann McElhinney. "I think this is an incredible story that the world needs to hear." The journalist and filmmaker is working on a response to the anti-fracking movie "Gasland," which McElhinney describes as full of anecdotes and short on facts.
WILLISTON -- North Dakota University System Chancellor Bill Goetz advocated strongly Thursday for a proposal to add an applied management program at Williston State College that would be the first four-year degree offered by the school. The proposal for the two-year campus to add a Bachelor of Science degree is creating some concerns about "mission creep," Goetz said, but prodded state Board of Higher Education members to approve the new program. Executives from oil companies say there will be a growing demand for workers with higher levels of expertise, Goetz said. "It's a different day.
WILLISTON -- The president of Dickinson State University said the school is losing potential students every day while its out-of-state tuition rate remains undecided. President D.C.
WILLISTON -- Higher education leaders will get a firsthand look today at the challenges facing colleges in the Oil Patch. During a meeting at Williston State College, the state Board of Higher Education will consider whether to ask the Legislature for $5 million to target western North Dakota campuses. The money would address housing shortages, faculty turnover, campus security, academic programs and other needs of campuses affected by oil development. Board President Grant Shaft said the energy impact dollars proposed are geared for Williston State, Dickinson State University, Minot State
North Dakota State University and Dickinson State University want to team up to bring transportation and logistics expertise to western North Dakota. NDSU's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute is proposing to establish a program at Dickinson State to provide technical training programs that would benefit the oil, gas and manufacturing industries. Denver Tolliver, the institute's director, said there's a great need in western North Dakota for employees who have a background in transportation and supply chain logistics. "It's not just getting the petroleum out, but it's getting all of