Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at email@example.com or (701) 580-6890.
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WILLISTON -- Louisiana native Dex Comardelle brings Southern hospitality to North Dakota workforce housing. The 23-year-old was working toward a degree in hospitality management at the University of Louisiana when he started to hear about North Dakota's oil boom. Comardelle and his father, Ricky, who has provided living quarters for offshore drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico for 25 years, decided to team up.
PARSHALL -- Ambulance volunteers in western North Dakota are so stressed they can't leave for a weekend because there's no one to cover for them, said the director of an Oil Patch ambulance service. Four southwestern North Dakota ambulance services formed a nonprofit group and are seeking grant funding to hire part-time staff to fill in scheduling gaps. "The volunteers are so active and putting in so much they really need some relief," said Lynn Hartman, administrative director for Dickinson Area Ambulance. Emergency services in the Oil Patch were highlighted Thursday during a meeting of th
POWERS LAKE -- Bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers. Cajun pastalaya. Mom's banana pudding. While the goal of the fifth-annual Bakken Rocks CookFest is to give back to the communities where the oil companies operate, it also has become a serious culinary competition. The winner doesn't get more than a plaque and bragging rights, but it gives oilfield workers the chance to show off secret recipes and grilling skills. "Food is definitely a big part of the culture out here," said Tessa Sandstrom, who coordinates the event for the North Dakota Petroleum Council.
BISMARCK - More temporary oil workers are expected in Williston, Dickinson and Minot this summer to catch up on a backlog of wells that need hydraulic fracturing, North Dakota's top oil and gas regulator said Monday. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, said drilling crews are outpacing well completion crews.
WATFORD CITY -- A Colorado man is lucky to be alive after an oil tanker truck rolled down a hill here late Saturday and pushed the camper where he was sleeping into an adjacent house. Three employees of oilfield rental equipment business Atigun Inc. were at the house they share in Watford City about 10:45 p.m.
TIOGA -- As an intern, Maxwell Johnson is already working to make the oil boom a little easier on North Dakota residents. The University of North Dakota student is interning for Hess Corp.
WATFORD CITY -- The visitor center of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit will close this month after unprecedented rainfall caused the Badlands soil under the building to shift. Park Superintendent Valerie Naylor said unstable bentonite clay in the area absorbs a lot of water, which is causing the center's interior walls to crack and the floor to buckle.
BISMARCK -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating three possible workplace deaths that resulted from two unrelated incidents in northwest North Dakota. Watford City police reported to OSHA on Monday that an employee of Power Fuels died on Friday, possibly as a result of cleaning the inside of a tank, said Eric Brooks, area director of the Bismarck OSHA office. An OSHA team is expected to investigate the site today, Brooks said. The man's name has not been released. Watford City Police Chief Jesse Wellen said it's unclear if the man's death was work-related.
WILLISTON - Family members of Williston man Jack Sjol are still searching for answers after prosecutors here charged five additional people in connection with the 58-year-old rancher's death. "We don't understand why Jack would have any connection with these people," daughter-in-law Christy Sjol said Tuesday after court appearances of three defendants. Court records filed in Williams County District Court indicate that prosecutors believe three men conspired to kill Sjol, two people allowed his body to be hidden on their property and a woman withheld information from investigators. Sjol was
WILLISTON -- The Bakken crude involved in the deadly train derailment and explosion in Quebec represents only a fraction of the oil shipped by rail from North Dakota each day.