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 -- A petition seeking a Dunn County grand jury investigation of Gov. Jack Dalrymple has "baseless" accusations and is politically motivated, his campaign office said Thursday. Amanda Godfread, communications coordinator for the campaign, said allegations contained in the petition that oil industry contributions Dalrymple's campaign accepted could be considered bribery are "completely untrue." "It's obvious that it's politically motivated," Godfread said.
WILLISTON -- Sen. John Hoeven has added a full-time staff member in Williston to serve constituents of western North Dakota. Hoeven on Tuesday named Jon Cameron, the former city administrator for Valley City, to be his western North Dakota field representative. Hoeven, who got to know Cameron well during the 2009 flood, said Cameron has a proven track record of serving the public and working with local, state and federal agencies. Hoeven said he believes he is the first member of the federal delegation to have a full-time staff person in western North Dakota.
BISMARCK -- Brenda Jorgenson wasn't used to being a public speaker or environmental advocate. But the third-generation farmer and rancher near White Earth is becoming one as she works to prevent oil development from harming the White Earth Valley for future generations. "I've learned that I have to because I feel that I've been called to be a steward of the land that we've been privileged to farm and ranch," she said. Jorgenson and two other residents in the epicenter of North Dakota's oil development spoke about the impacts Saturday during the Dakota Resource Council's annual meeting in Bi
WILLISTON -- Mark and Mary Pettersen could have built a conventional home near Williston.
WILLISTON -- While catering events around the country, mobile food vendors Ernie and Jo Bingham met people who worked in North Dakota's oil country. Over and over, those customers begged the Binghams to bring their Big Iron Kitchen to Williston. It was just the invitation the Montana couple needed to move closer to family. "We loved Williston and that was the perfect excuse for us to come here," Jo said. Business was good for the couple when they traveled the country, but it meant being away from their four children, who are all in their 20s.
MINOT -- The state's oil-producing counties are building a united front to change how oil tax revenue is distributed so they can better keep up with rapid growth. Members of the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties discussed new ways of allocating that money during their annual meeting Thursday in Minot. "Our ultimate goal is to go into the legislative session in January with one voice with our western leaders and legislators to get our needs addressed and funded," said Dan Brosz, president of the group, which represents 19 counties that have oil, gas or leasing develop
BLAISDELL -- Dallas Moore doesn't have oil wells on his ranch, but that doesn't mean his land isn't rich. His property along U.S.
WILLISTON -- When the Williston Building Department receives a delivery of new plans to review, they joke with the delivery driver to take them back. The department is trying to keep up as it's on track to break last year's record of 929 building permits totaling nearly $358 million. At the end of September, the department had already approved 856 permits totaling nearly $288 million. "Now we're getting bombarded because it's fall and everyone wants to start work before it freezes," said Kelly Aberle, office manager and plans examiner for the Williston Building Department.
NEW TOWN -- Plans for an oil refinery on the Fort Berthold Reservation, the first major refinery to be built in the United States in more than 30 years, cleared a milestone Wednesday. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Wednesday approval of an application from the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation for the refinery. The tribes requested that the Bureau of Indian Affairs accept a 469-acre piece of property into trust, a key step to let the refinery project move forward. "This is a historic day," Salazar said from the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribal headq
WILLISTON -- In a town in need of workers, one family is providing five new employees. The Livings family recently moved from Colorado to the Williston area after mom Dana Livings was hired to open Williston's new Hampton Inn as the manager. "I enjoy opening hotels," said Dana, who has worked in the hotel business for about 20 years.