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WILLISTON -- Abhilash Soman sold his wedding ring to come to Williston, where he says he's found his fortune. The India native had a career as a gemologist before he married an American and moved to Miami. There, he tried to work in the diamond market, but struggled to make a living. After 10 months in Williston, he has a high-paying job and hopes to be certified next month as a drill pipe inspector. But before getting to this point, the 32-year-old thought about giving up on staying in Williston many times. "A lot of times I wanted to quit," Soman said.
WILLISTON -- As most people prepare to hunker down for the weekend storm, one new Williston resident wanted to see what it's like to ride out a North Dakota blizzard in a tent. Illinois man Jim Menter bought a tent this week after hearing about the forecast. He doesn't need it for housing -- he recently moved into an RV -- but Menter is curious how comfortable of an environment he can set up in a tent during a storm. "I just want to try it," Menter said.
WILLISTON -- Winter weather contributed to a 2 percent decline in North Dakota's oil production in November, the first drop in 19 months, the Department of Mineral Resources said Friday. "It's a wake-up call," said director Lynn Helms.
WILLISTON - As most people prepare to hunker down for the weekend storm, one new Williston resident wants to see what it's like to ride out a North Dakota blizzard in a tent. Illinois man Jim Menter bought a tent this week after hearing about the forecast. He doesn't need it for housing - he recently moved into an RV - but Menter is curious how comfortable of an environment he can set up in a tent during a storm. "I just want to try it," Menter said.
WILLISTON -- The U.S. Postal Service has carriers working into the night -- delivering mail at 8 p.m. or later -- as it has struggled to keep up with North Dakota's oil boom, but an official visiting the area this week says that's going to change. Roy Reynolds, U.S.
STANLEY -- A group that includes Earl Pomeroy is proposing to build a much-needed City Hall in Stanley using a public-private partnership funding model. Potential investors, an architect and Pomeroy, the former North Dakota congressman who now works for a Washington, D.C., law firm, met with Stanley City Council members Tuesday to outline their idea. Under the proposal, private investors would finance the construction of a new City Hall and lease the building to the city, said Pomeroy, legal counsel for Alston & Bird LLP.
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.