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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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
PARSHALL -- Cleanup began Friday after crews regained control of an oil well near Parshall about 5 a.m.
PARSHALL -- An oil well that began to malfunction Wednesday evening continued to spray a mist of oil into the air late Thursday but is expected to be contained this morning, an official at the scene said. The mist of oil from the well about nine miles west of Parshall appeared to be contained shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday.
PARSHALL - An oil well blowout was reported about a half mile from Lake Sakakawea, but information available so far indicates the lake has not been compromised, said Alison Ritter, spokeswoman for the Department of Mineral Resources. The blowout began Wednesday afternoon at a well about nine miles west of Parshall, Ritter said.
WILLISTON -- Williston's booming population could be as high as nearly 44,000 people in 2017, according to a North Dakota State University study. The population of Williams County could be as high as 70,000 in five years, according to analysis by the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics presented to city leaders this week.
SIDNEY, Mont. -- More than 600 people gathered Tuesday to celebrate the life of North Dakota National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Darren Linde, who was remembered as much as a prankster and family man as a decorated soldier and hero. "I decided God took Darren from us because heaven was getting too boring," his wife, Adrienne Linde, said during the funeral in Linde's hometown of Sidney.
WILLISTON -- Jacki Schilke likes to say her black angus cattle live in harmony with the cats and dogs on her rural Williston ranch. But recently Schilke's ranch has not been in harmony with oil development expanding around her 160 acres. Five cows, one bull, two dogs and as many as two dozen farm cats have died in the past two years, and Schilke worries the dozens of oil wells within three miles of her ranch could be to blame. Word of the health problems at Schilke's ranch has gotten the attention of environmentalists as well as other ranchers trying to co-exist in western North Dakota's ne
WILLISTON -- If anybody has job security in the Oil Patch, it's Preston Geving. Geving owns a mobile auto glass repair business in the Williston area, where he estimates he can find five vehicles in any city block that need windshield repairs. The 25-year-old used to operate his business from Cody, Wyo., but moved it to North Dakota about 18 months ago. "Up in Wyoming, things were just way too slow," Geving said.
WILLISTON -- Native American burial grounds and a significant concentration of cultural resources are complicating a truck bypass route around Williston. Williston city and Williams County leaders agreed on a preferred route to build a permanent truck bypass, but Wednesday night they learned that North Dakota's Native American tribes strongly oppose it. Francis Ziegler, director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation, said during a public meeting in Williston he hoped the department could find a way to construct the bypass that local officials preferred without disturbing the cultu
WILLISTON -- Significant improvements have been made for western North Dakota roads, but more work is needed for oil-impacted communities, said the retiring director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Francis Ziegler, who will retire at the end of this week, said the amount of road improvements made in western North Dakota has been significant in context of his 42 years career with the department. Ziegler said even though there's more work to be done, his department has received positive feedback about the progress being made. "They recognize that we're doing everything we po