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 - A rumor that spun out of control Wednesday shut down the Williams County 911 system and wasted hours of law enforcement time. The Williams County Sheriff's Office said it received a report at 6:10 a.m. Wednesday from Michael Keith of Lampe, Mo., that he was traveling on Highway 1804 about seven miles east of Williston when he heard something hit his vehicle.
WILLISTON -- A man arrested in connection with a fatal shooting at a Tioga crew camp is expected to appear in court today on charges of murder and attempted murder. Victor Scott Lamont, 24, Lufkin, Texas, also faces two charges of terrorizing for allegedly threatening two additional victims at the Wanzek camp along U.S. Highway 2. Lamont is accused in Williams County District Court of fatally shooting Gerald Schild of Katy, Texas, in the upper torso. He also is accused of shooting Travis Lomax of Fort Smith, Ark., in the abdomen during the shooting that was reported at 10:15 p.m.
WATFORD CITY -- Jessie Veeder has a story for every hill and tree on her family's ranch on the edge of North Dakota's Badlands. Now the land that's been in her family for nearly 100 years has an oil well, three pipelines and other signs of oil development Jessie doesn't recognize. But as much as Jessie would like to see fewer trucks driving through the ranch that inspires her as a musician, she's grateful for the opportunities the oil industry is giving her family. Oil development is providing new revenue sources for the ranch her parents once struggled to support.
BERTHOLD -- Fourteen months ago, the general manager of the Berthold Farmers Elevator worried how he would keep everyone on the payroll during such a wet season. Today, as a result of two partnerships with the oil industry, the elevator is poised to nearly double its revenue and add up to 40 new workers. The most significant collaboration is an Enbridge Pipelines expansion that includes a railcar loading facility that will be operated by elevator employees. "It's going to be a big deal for us," said Dan DeRouchey, who manages elevators in the towns of Berthold and Carpio, which are about 25
New chancellor examining system leadership By Amy Dalrymple Forum Communications WILLISTON, N.D.
WILLISTON -- University leaders pledged Monday to examine how student fees are managed, but said many issues raised in a recent state audit are already being addressed and some were overblown. North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani told a group of legislators that many concerns raised in the State Auditor's Office performance audit on student fees dated back to 2007 and his new administration has made changes to improve accountability. NDSU also recently adopted a new tuition model that aims to improve transparency and eliminate confusion about fees.
WILLISTON -- North Dakota should dream big to meet the health care needs of the Oil Patch, the CEO of Williston's hospital said Monday. Matt Grimshaw, who leads Mercy Medical Center, told a group of legislators that the state should create a state-of-the art center in Williston to train nurses, physicians, lab technicians and a broad spectrum of health care professionals.
WILLISTON -- Sylvan Prothero built a vacation around touring North Dakota's oil fields. The Breckenridge, Minn., area farmer was among about 30 people to participate in the first Bakken Field Tour on Saturday. Prothero said his daughter-in-law thought he was crazy for spending the $325 to go on the tour, but he had been reading about the oil boom and wanted to experience it. "I just thought I'd like to go out there and see what it's like," Prothero said.
WILLISTON -- Moving to North Dakota was the best thing that ever happened to Robert Peeler. After losing his job and facing hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt, the Red Bluff, Calif., man hoped North Dakota was the route to turning his life around. He found a good-paying job his first day in Williston and is now on a path to do just that. "This is the only place where there's really this much opportunity," Peeler said. Stories like Peeler's are common in western North Dakota, where a recent scan of the Walmart parking lot in Williston showed license plates from 25 states. It's diffic
WILLISTON -- Natural gas production in the Williston Basin could more than quadruple current levels, pushing North Dakota into a more leading role in supplying the U.S. natural gas market, according to a study released Wednesday. The report also projects that oil production in the Williston Basin could grow to 1.8 million barrels per day by 2017 and more than 2 million barrels per day by 2025.