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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WATFORD CITY - Konnie and Sharon Norstog don't think they deserve the new income from the minerals they own, so they're giving much of it away. The retired Watford City ranchers say the best part about the oil boom is they can give more to their favorite charities. "This is a gift. We did absolutely nothing to earn it. We don't deserve it, particularly," said Sharon, also a retired minister.
WILLISTON -- The Bakken oil boom is now five times larger than the area's 1980s oil boom, according to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Economists released this week an updated analysis of the Bakken oilfield in North Dakota and Montana, highlighting oil production, demographic, economic and financial data. "At the Federal Reserve, we're interested in making sure that we stay aware of the trends in the Bakken area because it's a unique location where economic activity is growing at a fast pace," said Rob Grunewald, an economist and editor of the report. Among the report'
WILLISTON -- While working as a city planner in Los Angeles, Donald Kress kept fielding questions about his booming home state. So when he saw an advertisement for a city planner in Williston, Kress decided to go where the action is. "This is a very dynamic place if you're a planner," said Kress, a 49-year-old Fargo native.
BISMARCK -- Adding more manpower to respond to rapid growth in North Dakota's oil country will be a major focus of this year's legislative session. The oil boom has created unprecedented wealth for the state. As revenue has grown, North Dakota's conservative leadership has focused on one-time projects on not letting state bureaucracy balloon and "create an overly expansive government that burdens future generations," as Gov.
WILLISTON -- For UPS driver Zack Reyes, every second counts. Delivering packages to a booming city with new addresses added daily is challenging any time of the year. During the holiday season, the Williston UPS sees so much volume, it has to rent U-Haul and Budget moving trucks to handle the extra packages. "We almost can't grow fast enough," Reyes said. Reyes, a 30-year-old Tennessee native, has lived in Williston for about six months. He didn't move to North Dakota for the oil boom. He moved for the weather. For real. Reyes, who served in the U.S.
WILLISTON -- An oil well in McKenzie County is being called a "game-changer" for the Bakken. Continental Resources announced this month the first well to successfully produce oil deeper into the Three Forks zone of the Bakken oil system, a milestone that could mean there is more recoverable oil in North Dakota than originally estimated. John Harju, associate director for research with the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota, said Continental's test deeper into the Three Forks is significant for the state. "This is really exciting news and dramatically
NEW TOWN -- An armed man wanted on drug charges barricaded himself inside a New Town home Wednesday, causing neighboring homes to be evacuated and heightened security at nearby schools. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said the FBI was working with state and local law enforcement to peacefully resolve the situation involving a man wanted by law enforcement in Colorado on narcotics charges. The situation was fluid, but Loven said he believed the man was alone in a residence of the western North Dakota town.
WILLISTON -- Crosby Mayor Les Bakken sums up the appearance of his city's water like this: "It looks like you need to flush the toilet all the time." The yellowish tint to the city's water is something residents have been accustomed to, he said. "It is perfectly safe to drink, but it makes lousy coffee," Bakken said. Residents are hopeful that will soon change as Crosby and eight other northwest North Dakota communities begin benefiting from the Western Area Water Supply Project. The project will bring high-quality, treated drinking water from the Missouri River to residents of Burke, Divi
WILLISTON - North Dakota oil production increased at a more moderate pace in October, according to numbers released Monday, but operators have ambitious plans for 2013. Preliminary numbers show that North Dakota produced 747,239 barrels of oil per day in October, a 2.5 percent increase since September and another all-time high for the state, said Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources. Previous months saw production increases closer to 4 percent, Helms said. Some of that slowdown is because the cost of drilling and completing a well rapidly escalated in 2012 and consume
WILLISTON -- Salvation Army Captains Joshua and Rhegan Stansbury were vocal about their desire to someday return to their home state of North Dakota. They got their wish with a transfer to Williston about a year-and-a-half ago, but the city in the heart of an oil boom is not quite the North Dakota they remembered. "It's not like any other Salvation Army appointment," said Joshua, a Grand Forks native. Although the Williston area has one of the highest per capita income levels in the country, the high cost of living means even people with good-paying jobs may struggle to make ends meet, Josh