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 -- City commissioners here delayed a decision on a proposed RV ban after an overflow crowd overwhelmingly opposed it Tuesday. Commissioners decided to give people 30 days to submit comments on a proposal that would make it illegal to live in a camper that is not part of an RV park. Many opponents, including Shannon Michels, who represented Kum & Go convenience stores, told commissioners the city will lose its workforce if the ban moves forward.
WILLISTON -- Several pipeline proposals that are in the works diminish the importance of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline for North Dakota, according to the state's public service commissioner. Kevin Cramer said that projects such as the Bakken Crude Express Pipeline proposed earlier this month by Oneok Partners LP that would transport 200,000 barrels daily from North Dakota to Cushing, Okla., make the Keystone XL project less important for North Dakota. That project is one of six pipelines proposed to increase the pipeline capacity out of North Dakota. Cramer said that while many pip
WILLISTON -- David Knuckles is proud of the time he spent training Iraqi police officers and helping that country rebuild, but it meant spending a lot of time away from his son. Now the Oil Patch is offering a chance for them to rebuild their relationship and to have steady employment. David, 47, and his son, Mitchell, 18, arrived in Williston from Kentucky about three weeks ago. David spent nearly seven years training Iraqi police officers, something he signed up to do in response to the Sept.
WILLISTON -- You've heard about the trucker bombs and the bar fights. You've heard about the new sex offenders who have moved to the state and the increase in police calls associated with oil development. But have you heard about the guy in a pickup who eagerly offered to pay for a stranger's car wash? Or the truck driver who offered food off his plate to someone he just met? Or the construction workers who used their one day off to unload a couple's U-Haul? You haven't heard about them because these aren't the stories we in the media typically cover. But these are the guys I've met in m
WILLISTON -- North Dakota isn't the only state benefiting from the oil boom, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Friday. As the Minnesota Democrat toured the Williston area Friday, she noted several building projects being constructed by Minnesota companies. "People don't always realize this isn't just good for the country because of the oil production and natural gas," Klobuchar said. "It's also good because we're bringing in jobs." Klobuchar toured western North Dakota Friday with Sen.
WATFORD CITY -- Michael Campbell has cooked for kings and queens. Now the chef is cranking out burgers and burritos for oil field workers from a food truck in Watford City.
WILLISTON -- Former KFGO executive producer Jason Spiess is makin' bacon and "Talkin' Bakken." The 38-year-old Fargo man left his radio job with plans to open The Rolling Stove mobile food truck in Dickinson. But in addition to serving breakfast and barbecue, Spiess will broadcast a new radio show from the food truck every day over the noon hour called "Talkin' Bakken." The show, billed as being the pulse of the patch, will focus on the culture of western North Dakota, Spiess said. The Dickinson radio station KLTC 1460 AM will be the flagship station.
WILLISTON -- Wayne Biberdorf is now the official eyes and ears of the Oil Patch. The Williston resident who spent his career in the oil and gas industry began working this month as the state's energy impact coordinator. Gov.
WILLISTON -- The filmmaker of the upcoming documentary "FrackNation" wrapped up her visit to North Dakota on Friday and said she may feature the state in her film. "It's very likely that I will," said Los Angeles filmmaker Ann McElhinney. "I think this is an incredible story that the world needs to hear." The journalist and filmmaker is working on a response to the anti-fracking movie "Gasland," which McElhinney describes as full of anecdotes and short on facts.
WILLISTON -- North Dakota University System Chancellor Bill Goetz advocated strongly Thursday for a proposal to add an applied management program at Williston State College that would be the first four-year degree offered by the school. The proposal for the two-year campus to add a Bachelor of Science degree is creating some concerns about "mission creep," Goetz said, but prodded state Board of Higher Education members to approve the new program. Executives from oil companies say there will be a growing demand for workers with higher levels of expertise, Goetz said. "It's a different day.