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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RAY - Some say roads in the Oil Patch have potholes so big they could swallow your car. This could be true on U.S. Highway 2 in Ray, but a crew working to replace underground utilities fills the same potholes practically every day. At Ray, consolidating the heavy truck traffic on U.S. Highway 2 from four lanes to two creates craters as big as 5 feet in diameter, sometimes forcing drivers to swerve into the oncoming lane of traffic to avoid them. The speed is reduced to 15 mph, but most motorists exceed that, said Dan Rogers, superintendent for Lakeshore Toltest Corp.
BISMARCK -- In the early morning hours Saturday after North Dakota lawmakers wrapped up the longest-ever legislative session, Republicans praised the session as the greatest in history while Democrats said it was full of "squandered opportunities." House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, told House members after 4 a.m.
BISMARCK - North Dakota legislators wrapped up their work after 4 a.m.
BISMARCK -- Legislators on Friday approved an 11.9 percent increase in state funding for higher education, but sent with it a strong message that campuses keep tuition affordable. Senate Bill 2003 has nearly $679 million in ongoing general fund spending for the North Dakota University System, as well as $217.4 million in one-time spending for building projects and other initiatives. The bill includes $122 million for a new building for the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, rather than the $68 million renovation Gov. Jack Dalrymple recommended in his budget.
BISMARCK - Legislators were close to reaching a compromise after 11 p.m. Friday on their final day of the session to fund North Dakota's K-12 schools and provide property tax relief. The issues hung in limbo throughout the day after House lawmakers defeated a bill early Friday, reversing the previous day's passage of Gov.
WILLISTON -- When it came time for two Montana oilmen to name their horse, Frac Daddy was a natural choice. Petroleum geologist Carter Stewart, who does a lot of work in North Dakota, said the horse's father is named Scat Daddy and naming the 3-year-old gray colt after hydraulic fracturing just popped out of his mouth. Frac Daddy, owned by Stewart and partner Ken Schlenker, both of Billings, will be horse No.
BISMARCK -- House legislators Wednesday rejected an oil tax reform bill that would have lowered the oil extraction tax, closed a tax loophole for low-producing wells and set up guidelines for a new tribal tax agreement. Rep. David Drovdal, R-Arnegard, said the conference committee met 17 times to reach a compromise on House Bill 1234, which aimed to reform several oil tax provisions while staying close to revenue neutral for the state. The bill failed 71-21.
WILLISTON -- The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday the Williston Basin has between 4.4 billion and 11.4 billion barrels of oil that is recoverable with today's technology. Although the figure is more than double what the survey said in 2008, geologists and industry leaders said Tuesday the estimate is conservative and will only get bigger as technology advances.
WILLISTON -- Law enforcement officers here suspect foul play in the disappearance of a rancher and former city employee. Jack Sjol, 58, of rural Williston, was reported missing last week and investigators have found evidence of a violent crime, said Sgt.
A law enforcement saturation on U.S. Highway 85 in southwest North Dakota on Sunday resulted in 125 citations. The North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Billings County Sheriff's Office conducted patrols Sunday in an effort to increase traffic safety on busy two-lane roads in western North Dakota. Highway Patrol Sgt.