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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WILLISTON -- Amanda Davis was struggling financially as an adjunct professor in Texas when a CNN story caught her attention. The news story talked about how much money North Dakota has, prompting her to immediately Google "colleges in Williston." She learned that Williston State College had an opening for a math instructor, so she applied for the job, along with a position at another college. Davis, 32, ended up receiving both job offers in one day, but decided Williston was the best place for her. "Money wasn't really the thing that drew me up here," Davis said.
MINOT -- A real estate investor from Singapore expects to make two or three deals in the Bakken before leaving a conference this week with plans to invest millions in North Dakota. Danny Lim, founding principal of Barons Group of Companies, was among more than 200 people who attended the Bakken Investor Conference in Minot this week. Lim said he raises funds from Singapore, India, Malaysia, China and other eastern countries that he's interested in investing in western North Dakota residential and commercial projects. Initially the fund is looking to make $5 million to $10 million in investm
MINOT -- Investors and developers interested in helping solve North Dakota's housing shortage often run into a common problem: how to finance multi-million dollar projects. Community banks in the state don't have the ability to finance deals of that magnitude, national lenders don't have a presence in western North Dakota and out-of-state banks are wary, said Jeff Zarling, organizer of the Bakken Investor Conference being held this week in Minot. A new program through the Bank of North Dakota is combining resources of community banks to finance projects that none of the individual banks coul
WILLISTON -- The website North Dakota and several other states use to monitor hydraulic fracturing has too many flaws to be effective, says a new report from Harvard Law School. The report, released this week, says an evaluation of FracFocus, a website that allows companies to disclose the chemicals used in fracking, revealed that the site fails as a tool for regulating industry compliance. However, some of the shortcomings mentioned in the report are issues that North Dakota's Department of Mineral Resources is working to improve. North Dakota began requiring companies to disclose chemical
WILLISTON -- City commissioners here suspended the liquor licenses of Williston's two strip clubs, which police say are causing excessive calls for disorderly behavior. Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to suspend the license of Heartbreakers for 30 days and suspend the license of Whispers for seven days, both starting at midnight Tuesday. Williston City Attorney Taylor Olson said the clubs violated city ordinances related to serving intoxicated customers, allowing patrons to take alcohol outside and maintaining an orderly establishment. The two clubs, which are adjacent to each
WILLISTON -- As a general contractor, Tony Godlewski likes to hear the sound of hammers seven days a week. But when building activity slowed in his home base of Minnesota, competition for projects became cutthroat and profit margins declined. "We were all trying to hang on and scrapping for work," Godlewski said. Godlewski, senior project manager for Shingobee Builders, decided about three years ago to take a trip to check out North Dakota's Oil Patch. The company embraced the idea of bidding some work in northwest North Dakota, and the contractor has been active in the Bakken ever since.
WILLISTON -- A man accused of shooting at officers during a standoff here Thursday was identified Friday as 59-year-old Ernest Schroeder. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested Schroeder on suspicion of reckless endangerment, according to a news release from Williston Police Sgt. Detective David Peterson on Friday. Schroeder is being held in the Williams County Jail. Williams County property tax records show that Schroeder owns the home at 407 W. Broadway, where police responded to a 911 call at 2:34 p.m.
WILLISTON -- A man here fired at Williston police Thursday afternoon but surrendered to the officers after they shot back and wounded him. Police responded to 407 W. Broadway in Williston after a woman called 911 at 2:34 p.m.
WILLISTON -- A new private equity firm based in Minot aims to create an avenue for people to invest directly in oil and gas activity in western North Dakota. "People who don't own land or don't own minerals have been asking 'How can we participate in all this economic activity going on?'" said Mark Anderson, president and CEO of Mainstream Investors. Connecting money with ideas is one of the goals of the Bakken Investor Conference scheduled Wednesday through April 26 in Minot.
STANLEY -- Women here sipped champagne and got pampered Tuesday with men dressed in tuxes doing all of the work. Farmers Union Oil of Stanley and Tioga held a celebration of women to honor farm wives and other women in the community. "They're the ones that always get left out," said John Knox, operations manager.