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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EPPING -- Scott Steskal hitched rides on freight trains to get to North Dakota's oil boom. Now the 51-year-old drives a train at a crude oil transloading facility and is getting his life on the right track. "Until I got up here, my life was pretty much a wreck," he said. Steskal was living in Las Vegas with no job and no transportation when family members encouraged him to look into job opportunities in North Dakota. He researched how to ride freight trains and found someone to mentor him on how to do it safely. Steskal left Las Vegas in December 2010 and became what he calls a tramp, hop
BISMARCK -- North Dakota's oil production got "back on track" in December following a dip in November, and drilling activity is expected to ramp up again this spring, the Department of Mineral Resources said Friday. The state produced 768,853 barrels per day in December, a 4.6 percent increase from the previous month and a new all-time high, according to preliminary figures from the department. Director Lynn Helms said the state added 123 new producing wells in December, enough to increase production as well as make up for November's 2 percent drop in production, the first decline the state
WILLISTON -- The regional administrator for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration urged North Dakota oil and gas operators to take a safety "stand down" seriously and stop fatalities in the oil field. "The nation's eyes are on you. You really have the opportunity here to make us a leader in oil and gas in the United States, but we don't want to do it at any expense," Gregory Baxter said Thursday. "We need to stop the injuries, illnesses and deaths.
WILLISTON -- Residents of about 30 RVs are abruptly moving out this week after the owner told them he's closing the camp because it was recently annexed into city limits. Owner Kenny Willard said he told residents they need to start moving out of the camp that's adjacent to his home in northwest Williston.
TIOGA -- An RV camp here that was recently full of workers and their families is now abandoned with wooden pallets, a dozen coolers, a set of dumbbells and other debris left behind. Researchers studying North Dakota's crew camps retraced their steps Saturday to find that their favorite camp from their visit six months ago is now deserted. Some of the camping spots appeared to have been abandoned fairly recently -- and quickly -- with a six-pack of beer, food in some of the coolers and a rug still hanging on a clothesline. The team of University of North Dakota professors, an archaeologist a
ARNEGARD -- Newcomers to the drilling rig Jennifer Olsen supervises are surprised to see a woman sitting in the company man's chair. "Every time someone opens that door, they'll say 'Where's the company man?
BISMARCK -- Chancellor Hamid Shirvani has told certain legislators that five of the 11 college presidents are unqualified or insubordinate and will probably be relieved, an example of the overbearing style of leadership that has some lawmakers pushing for his removal, a Bismarck legislator said Wednesday. Rep.
WILLISTON -- A second petition seeking a grand jury investigation of Gov. Jack Dalrymple related to oil industry campaign contributions was filed Monday in Dunn County District Court, signed by more than 250 people. The case is assigned to Southwest Judicial District Court Judge William Herauf, the same judge who dismissed a similar petition because it failed to have enough signatures.
BISMARCK -- A bill in the North Dakota House seeks to change the process for citizen-initiated grand juries, a statute few were aware was on the books until Dunn County residents petitioned to investigate the governor last year. Rep.
WILLISTON -- Concordia College graduate Nicole Pomerleau knew the Williston Middle School would be a good fit for her first teaching job after meeting with recruiters at a job fair. But she was wary after hearing stories about the town in the middle of an oil boom, so Pomerleau decided to visit Williston and see the town for herself before signing a contract. "You hear so many horrible things," said Pomerleau, a band and music teacher.