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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BISMARCK -- Backers of a new refinery in North Dakota say a bill asking for a tax exemption for oil refined in the state was a "fiasco," but a corrected bill expected to be filed today would benefit the state. Chester Trabucco, chairman and CEO of Dakota Oil Processing, which is developing a diesel refinery near Trenton, said a bill that was unanimously rejected in the House seeking an exemption from the 6.5 percent oil extraction tax for oil refined in North Dakota should not have been introduced. Instead, Dakota Oil Processing is seeking an exemption that would only occur during months whe
GRASSY BUTTE -- The oil boom has changed a lot in western North Dakota, but locals here can still depend on one tiny convenience store.
KILLDEER -- An area of Killdeer Mountain proposed for oil development has rich archeological resources with potential to be added to the National Register of Historic Places, said an archeologist who visited the area. Archeologist Richard Rothaus took a preliminary survey of a section of state land where Hess Corp.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal related to a petition effort calling for a grand jury to investigate allegations of bribery against Gov. Jack Dalrymple, but a similar petition is being readied for submission. In a one-page order issued Thursday, the Supreme Court said the ruling by Southwest Judicial District Judge William Herauf to dismiss the case is not appealable. Herauf ruled that Dunn County was not the appropriate venue for the petition. Herauf's Nov.
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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.