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WILLISTON — Six months after the lot rent at their trailer park more than doubled, Jerry and Noreen Sergent say they’re surviving, but not living nicely. “We can’t buy as much food. We have to be careful about the heat and lights,” said Noreen, 53.
WILLISTON — Diana Avans moved back to Williston in 1991 to be near her mother, but now she worries she can’t afford to stay. The retiree received a letter last week that the monthly lot rent in her trailer court will increase from $300 to $850 in June. “This is just the beginning,” Avans.
WILLISTON — Getting an accurate count of North Dakota’s population in 2020 will require working with local communities and educating people about who should be counted as residents, the Census Bureau director said Wednesday. John Thompson heard from leaders of Oil Patch communities during a meeting in Williston about challenges to count the influx of oil workers and their families.
WILLISTON — Running her first race at 81, Amy Reep jokes that organizers of the Fargo Marathon may take down the finish line before she completes her leg of a team relay. But the Williston woman who is competing with her three daughters is confident she’ll finish the 5.5 miles. “I guess it’s not about how fast I’m going to get there,” Reep said. “It’s that I’m going to make it.” Reep was able to watch the runners during last year’s Fargo Marathon because the weekend coincided with her granddaughter’s high school graduation party.
WILLISTON — Natural gas that is flared today could one day be used to extract more oil from the Bakken. The Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota is in the early stages of studying enhanced oil recovery using natural gas. “We’re actually very encouraged about this at this point,” said John Harju, associate director for research.
WILLISTON – Retired four-star general and former CIA Director David Petraeus toured the Oil Patch on Tuesday and met with local officials at a private event in Williston. Petraeus, hosted by North Dakota State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, also was expected to attend an event in Bismarck for North Dakota military members.
WILLISTON – A man convicted of hindering law enforcement last year while officers investigated the disappearance of a Williston rancher will serve five years in prison. Issac Steen received the maximum penalty Monday in Williams County District Court for not telling authorities that the body of missing rancher Jack Sjol was on his property.
WILLISTON — When Tiffany Smith made the decision to leave North Dakota and return to Louisiana, she didn’t want to leave her job. The graphic designer joked with her boss that she could still work for the Williston business from afar. Due to the city’s workforce shortage, Smith’s idea to work from her home office in Louisiana wasn’t as crazy as she thought. Since last May, she’s continued doing graphic design work for clients of DAWA Solutions Group, hooked into the office’s phone system and occasionally traveling to North Dakota for major events. “It’s practically like I’m in the office,”
TIOGA — Cleaning up the more than 20,000 barrels of oil that leaked from a pipeline near here will take at least $11 million and up to two more years, but a health official says the process should allow the land to be farmed again. The North Dakota Department of Health announced Friday it has approved a remediation plan for the Tesoro Logistics pipeline spill that will involve excavating the contaminated soil and heating it to high temperatures to remove the oil. The plan includes installing a segment of natural gas pipeline to the site to power the heavy equipment. “It’s going to be a big
NEW TOWN — Reducing natural gas flaring on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation has more hurdles than the rest of the state, but a tribal task force says flaring can be cut in half within five years. The reservation flares about 48 percent of its natural gas due to a lack of adequate pipelines and other infrastructure, said Carson Hood Jr., director of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Energy Division. “In the beginning, industry had not developed the infrastructure to accommodate future wells,” said Hood, one of three people heading the tribe’s flaring task force. Overall natural gas