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 -- Oil and gas companies that are leading the way in the Williston Basin will be recognized in December at the second-annual Williston Petroleum Banquet. The Williston Basin chapter of the American Petroleum Institute is seeking nominations to highlight local achievements and community service by the oil and gas industry. The winners will be announced during the Dec. 5 event at The Well at Williston State College. "This is the epicenter of the oil industry," said Ken Callahan, president of the Williston API chapter's board.
If you go: What: "Policing the Patch" presentation by Carol Archbold, North Dakota State University associate professor of criminal justice When: Noon to 1 p.m. today Where: NDSU Memorial Union Arikara Room Info: Free and open to the public.
WILLISTON -- Residents of northwest North Dakota will now have access to the latest advancements in cancer treatments in Williston. Mercy Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of the Leonard P.
WILLISTON -- Two women-run coffee stands have attention-getting names, especially in this male-dominated oil boomtown. While one business, C Cups Espresso, is risqué in name only, competitor Boomtown Babes Espresso features sexy baristas and provocative humor. Both coffee stands have a steady stream of customers keeping the owners happy about their decisions to move across the country to start their first businesses. "It was like I opened up three coffee stands in one," said Boomtown Babes owner Nyssa Gray. Gray was saving up money to open her own business while managing Hot Chick-a-Latte,
WATFORD CITY -- Former NFL coach Mike Ditka said he had "no clue" why an oil company would invite him to its grand opening ceremony in North Dakota's Oil Patch. "I have no idea. My secretary sets everything up," Ditka said. But the ESPN analyst who spoke to a crowd of about 100 to mark the opening of Canary's new facility said he's glad he came because he is impressed with North Dakota's oil activity. "What I'm seeing here is America at its best," Ditka said. "People who have an idea, a dream, and then they make it work.
WILLISTON - The North Dakota Industrial Commission plans to pursue a criminal judgment against an oil and gas operator after it failed to pay a $1.5 million fine by the deadline, an official said Wednesday. The fine against Halek Operating ND LLC for violations that put Stark County's drinking water at risk represents the largest fine ever levied against an oil and gas operator in North Dakota. The company missed last Friday's deadline to pay the fine, so the commission is preparing paperwork to pursue a monetary judgment in district court, said Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mine
WILLISTON -- A federal government shutdown would further stall oil development on federal lands in North Dakota and would stop oil and gas management activities on the Fort Berthold Reservation. While a government shutdown would affect some oil and gas activities in North Dakota, the majority of the state's drilling activity is on private or state-owned land and would not be affected. A lapse in federal appropriations would mean that the Bureau of Land Management "will not process applications for permits to drill and will only maintain minimal staff for inspections and enforcement on curren
GRAND FORKS - The North Dakota Geological Survey is working to take the temperature of the Williston Basin. Temperature data scientists have about the Bakken and other areas below the surface is questionable, said geologist Stephan Nordeng. "Right now we're relying on data that's mostly unreliable," Nordeng said. A research project Nordeng is leading seeks to develop temperature profiles of 12 to 15 abandoned oil wells in western North Dakota. Accurate temperature information is important for several applications, including designing fluid for hydraulic fracturing, determining how much oil
WILLISTON -- When former Bison football player Scott Stoczynski learned that he'd be stationed in Williston with the North Dakota Highway Patrol, he joked with his sister that she should join him. Angela Stoczynski, two years older than her brother, had been struggling to find a teaching job in the family's home state of Illinois. "I jokingly said one day, 'I'm going out to Williston.
TIOGA -- If you stop at a Farmers Union convenience store, you probably expect to get gas, maybe some work gloves and some coffee. At the new Travel Plaza in Tioga, you can find the basics, plus get a pedicure, buy fire-resistant coveralls and a sit-down meal of barbecued ribs. The 40,000-square-foot Farmers Union Oil of Stanley and Tioga opened this summer. "We're trying to be a one-stop shop," said assistant manager TJ Cornett.