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Oil industry says thanks to North Dakota, celebrates million-barrel milestone TIOGA — The oil industry said “thanks a million” Wednesday to North Dakota. More than 2,000 people gathered in Tioga to celebrate the state’s recent oil milestone of hitting 1 million barrels a day, not far from where the state produced its first barrel.
TIOGA — In 1950, northwest North Dakota farmer Raymond Magnuson decided to try working for an oil drilling crew to supplement his income. “Rent was high-priced, $25 a month in Ray,” said 87-year-old Magnuson of Tioga, known to his friends and family as Maggie. He began his oilfield career on the well that put North Dakota on the map as an oil-producing state: the Clarence Iverson No. 1 well, the state’s first successful oil well. The brutal winter was too harsh for some out-of-state workers, he said.
WILLISTON — North Dakota now produces 1 million barrels of oil per day, joining an elite club that includes Texas, Alberta and 19 countries. The state saw a nearly 2.5 percent oil production increase in April, bringing North Dakota’s average daily production above the much-anticipated milestone to 1,001,149 barrels. “We’re in the top 17 percent now, if you look at countries around the world, in terms of crude oil production,” Director of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms said. Innovation has driven the increases in North Dakota’s oil production, said Sam Gorgen, an analyst with the U.S.
WILLISTON — The next mayor of this oil boomtown says there’s still work to do to catch up with the city’s dramatic growth. But he sees progress happening all the time. “We’re getting better every day. I really believe that,” said Howard Klug, who takes over as mayor at the end of the month. “Williston is going to be a better place.” About 76 percent of voters elected Klug to succeed Ward Koeser, who is stepping down as mayor after 20 years in the post.
WATFORD CITY — Vehicles going off-road into the Little Missouri National Grasslands of western North Dakota are doing “deplorable” damage to National Forest Service land, says the McKenzie district ranger. One recent case involving pickups and road graders that got stuck while mudding in rugged Forest Service land is under federal investigation and could result in criminal charges. Jay Frederick, McKenzie district ranger, said he’s seen an increase in vehicles driving off roads and trails and damaging the land, as well as vehicles and other garbage being burned and abandoned. “It’s rampant.
WILLISTON – Voters here chose City Commissioner and lifelong Williston resident Howard Klug as their next mayor. In complete but unofficial results, Klug had 76 percent of votes, while entrepreneur Marcus Jundt had 19 percent and Jim Purkey had 5 percent. The three candidates battled to lead the rapidly growing boomtown and succeed Mayor Ward Koeser, who is retiring after 20 years.
WILLISTON — Residents of two rapidly growing Oil Patch cities will vote Tuesday on using local tax dollars for major projects. The Williston Public School District proposes a $34 million bond issue to finance a new high school to accommodate the district’s growth. A new high school would allow the current high school and middle school to be renovated to house grades 5-8, which would relieve crowding at Williston’s elementary schools, district officials say. More than 700 Williston students attended class last year in 54 portable classrooms, and the district is projected to grow by another 1
WILLISTON — Shirley Trogstad’s new home is her former junior high study hall room. The Williston woman is one of the first tenants of Lutheran Social Services Legacy Living at Central Place, the historic junior high school that was recently renovated into affordable senior apartments. Lutheran Social Services Housing preserved the building to offer an affordable option for seniors facing escalating rent prices in the Oil Patch. “I think it’s a blessing for our community,” said Trogstad, 73.
MINOT — North Dakota’s economic boom has made the state a target for criminal activity, but federal law enforcement agencies don’t have enough staff to be a deterrent, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Friday. Heitkamp, D-N.D., invited U.S. Sen.
By Amy Dalrymple Forum News Service WATFORD CITY — McKenzie County Commissioners are expected to consider a county disaster declaration Tuesday, allowing county funds to be used to clean up damage from last week’s tornado, Emergency Manager Jerry Samuelson said. The tornado, which severely damaged or destroyed 15 RVs south of Watford City, will not qualify for a state or federal disaster declaration, said Homeland Security Director Greg Wilz with the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services. Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency typically becomes available if there i