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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A judge has dismissed a Dunn County petition to call a grand jury to investigate Gov. Jack Dalrymple over felony bribery allegations. Southwest Judicial District Judge William Herauf ruled Wednesday that at least seven signatures are not from qualified Dunn County voters, and therefore the petition did not have enough signatures to meet the requirements of a citizen-initiated grand jury process. Herauf also ruled that Dunn County was not the appropriate jurisdiction to bring the charges.
WILLISTON -- Mike Ziegwied used to take naps in his van while waiting for clients he drove through his transportation business. Now the Idaho man sleeps in that van every night after his business failed and he moved to North Dakota to pay off his debts. Ziegwied, 47, moved to Williston about a year ago to look for work rather than go into bankruptcy. The transportation business he owned for 10 years in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, primarily transported senior citizens and people with disabilities.
WILLISTON -- North Dakota's oil production surpassed 2011 totals in September, setting a new record. The Department of Mineral Resources reports that the state's oil production totaled nearly 174 million barrels at the end of September, compared with the total of 152.9 million barrels produced in all of 2011. Preliminary production numbers released Tuesday reflected an increase in oil production for September, even though the rig count had declined.
WILLISTON -- Patients of Dr. Shu-Ming Wang are surprised to hear the Chinese doctor has a hint of a Southern accent. Wang, who recently moved to Williston from Oklahoma City, occasionally has a few "y'alls" sneak into her conversations. For Wang and her husband, Dr. Doug Clark, who both work for Mercy Medical Center, the fact that they've lived all over the country is helping them connect with their new patients in Williston. Clark, a radiation oncologist, was first recruited to work for Mercy's cancer center, which is in the process of expanding.
WILLISTON -- A little-used provision of state law allowing citizens to petition for a grand jury investigation has been utilized for the second time in two weeks, with the man behind one petition drive saying there could be more to come. A petition filed in Williams County District Court this week calls for a grand jury investigation of two public officials for comments they made opposing a measure to abolish property taxes in North Dakota. The petition, signed by more than 950 residents, alleges that Williams County Auditor Beth Innis and state Sen.
MINOT -- An Enbridge Pipelines proposal would transport Bakken crude from northwest North Dakota to Superior, Wis., expanding export capacity and increasing market opportunities. Enbridge is in the early planning stages for the Sandpiper Pipeline, which could transport about 225,000 barrels per day, said Katie Haarsager, community relations adviser for Enbridge. If it's approved, the earliest it could go into service is late 2015 or early 2016. "It's still pretty high level in the development stage," Haarsager said. The exact route for the 500-plus-mile pipeline is still being determined,
WILLISTON -- Williams County farmer Blaine Jorgenson doesn't need pipeline markers to show him where the oil and gas gathering lines are below his property. Jorgenson can see trenches where pipelines have settled as he scans his fields, and he knows to use caution when driving over them with certain equipment. "In places, they're pretty sharp," said the lifelong Williams County resident. Jorgenson has four gathering lines on his property and additional pipelines on farmland he rents.
WILLISTON -- New York natives Kyle and Brian Nestor are in Williston looking for work, but their hearts are 2,000 miles away in New York. The brothers, who moved to North Dakota about three weeks ago, feel helpless as they follow the news of Superstorm Sandy's devastation to their home community in the Breezy Point area of Queens. The storm caused a massive fire that destroyed an estimated 100 homes in the neighborhood their family has considered home for generations. "Both of us were tempted to just pack up our things and drive back there," said Kyle, 25. Instead, they've spent the last s
WILLISTON -- A petition to initiate a grand jury investigation of Gov.
WILLISTON -- The Keystone XL pipeline, a point of contention during the presidential campaign, will likely move forward regardless of who is elected Tuesday, say current and former leaders from both parties. But which president is at the helm could affect how quickly the pipeline is approved. Republican candidate Mitt Romney has said he will approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada to Texas, on the day he's sworn in.