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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BERTHOLD -- Fourteen months ago, the general manager of the Berthold Farmers Elevator worried how he would keep everyone on the payroll during such a wet season. Today, as a result of two partnerships with the oil industry, the elevator is poised to nearly double its revenue and add up to 40 new workers. The most significant collaboration is an Enbridge Pipelines expansion that includes a railcar loading facility that will be operated by elevator employees. "It's going to be a big deal for us," said Dan DeRouchey, who manages elevators in the towns of Berthold and Carpio, which are about 25
WATFORD CITY -- Jessie Veeder has a story for every hill and tree on her family's ranch on the edge of North Dakota's Badlands. Now the land that's been in her family for nearly 100 years has an oil well, three pipelines and other signs of oil development Jessie doesn't recognize. But as much as Jessie would like to see fewer trucks driving through the ranch that inspires her as a musician, she's grateful for the opportunities the oil industry is giving her family. Oil development is providing new revenue sources for the ranch her parents once struggled to support.
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WILLISTON -- North Dakota should dream big to meet the health care needs of the Oil Patch, the CEO of Williston's hospital said Monday. Matt Grimshaw, who leads Mercy Medical Center, told a group of legislators that the state should create a state-of-the art center in Williston to train nurses, physicians, lab technicians and a broad spectrum of health care professionals.
WILLISTON -- University leaders pledged Monday to examine how student fees are managed, but said many issues raised in a recent state audit are already being addressed and some were overblown. North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani told a group of legislators that many concerns raised in the State Auditor's Office performance audit on student fees dated back to 2007 and his new administration has made changes to improve accountability. NDSU also recently adopted a new tuition model that aims to improve transparency and eliminate confusion about fees.
WILLISTON -- Sylvan Prothero built a vacation around touring North Dakota's oil fields. The Breckenridge, Minn., area farmer was among about 30 people to participate in the first Bakken Field Tour on Saturday. Prothero said his daughter-in-law thought he was crazy for spending the $325 to go on the tour, but he had been reading about the oil boom and wanted to experience it. "I just thought I'd like to go out there and see what it's like," Prothero said.
WILLISTON -- Moving to North Dakota was the best thing that ever happened to Robert Peeler. After losing his job and facing hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt, the Red Bluff, Calif., man hoped North Dakota was the route to turning his life around. He found a good-paying job his first day in Williston and is now on a path to do just that. "This is the only place where there's really this much opportunity," Peeler said. Stories like Peeler's are common in western North Dakota, where a recent scan of the Walmart parking lot in Williston showed license plates from 25 states. It's diffic
WILLISTON -- Natural gas production in the Williston Basin could more than quadruple current levels, pushing North Dakota into a more leading role in supplying the U.S. natural gas market, according to a study released Wednesday. The report also projects that oil production in the Williston Basin could grow to 1.8 million barrels per day by 2017 and more than 2 million barrels per day by 2025.
RAY -- The oil industry threw a thank you party Tuesday for communities in the heart of oil development. Thirteen teams with the Bakken Rocks Cookfest event prepared everything from ribs to jambalaya to banana pudding for residents from Ray and the surrounding communities. Organizers estimated that more than 1,200 people attended the free event. The event is part of the North Dakota Petroleum Council's Oil Can!
WILLISTON -- Mary Catherine Moore came to Williston in June hoping to spend a year working a high-paying job. Last week, the 50-year-old gave away her camper, got a $40 gas voucher from the Salvation Army and headed back to Texas. "I tried it," Moore said. "It's not for me." Moore had been unemployed in Houston after her jobs working in computer support were outsourced overseas.