Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at email@example.com or (701) 580-6890.
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WILLISTON -- Higher education leaders will get a firsthand look today at the challenges facing colleges in the Oil Patch. During a meeting at Williston State College, the state Board of Higher Education will consider whether to ask the Legislature for $5 million to target western North Dakota campuses. The money would address housing shortages, faculty turnover, campus security, academic programs and other needs of campuses affected by oil development. Board President Grant Shaft said the energy impact dollars proposed are geared for Williston State, Dickinson State University, Minot State
North Dakota State University and Dickinson State University want to team up to bring transportation and logistics expertise to western North Dakota. NDSU's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute is proposing to establish a program at Dickinson State to provide technical training programs that would benefit the oil, gas and manufacturing industries. Denver Tolliver, the institute's director, said there's a great need in western North Dakota for employees who have a background in transportation and supply chain logistics. "It's not just getting the petroleum out, but it's getting all of
WILLISTON -- Using a camper as a home in Williston could soon become illegal, but it's unclear where the town's hundreds of RV residents would park themselves. Members of the city commission have approved the first reading of an ordinance that makes it illegal to live in a camper in city limits unless it is in an RV park.
WILLISTON -- A filmmaker for the upcoming documentary "FrackNation" will be scouting for locations to film in North Dakota next week. Ann McElhinney, who will speak in Minot on Tuesday and Bismarck on Wednesday, also plans to visit Dickinson, Williston and Glendive, Mont., during her trip. McElhinney said this will be her first visit to the Bakken and she's anxious to see the activity. "It's an incredible story and I just want to witness that myself," McElhinney said Thursday.
WILLISTON -- Williston is the fastest-growing micro area in the country, and Dickinson and Minot also made the top 10, according to estimates released Thursday by the Census Bureau. The population of the Williston micro area -- which is Williams County -- grew 8.8 percent from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011, Census estimates show. Williams County also ranked third among the fastest-growing counties in the nation. "It reminds us once again that the growth here is truly phenomenal," said Williston Mayor Ward Koeser.
WILLISTON - A filmmaker for the upcoming documentary "FrackNation" will be scouting for locations to film in North Dakota next week. Ann McElhinney, who will speak in Minot on Tuesday and Bismarck on Wednesday, also has plans to visit Dickinson, Williston and Glendive, Mont., during her trip. McElhinney said this will be her first visit to the Bakken and she's anxious to see the activity. "It's an incredible story and I just want to witness that myself," McElhinney said today.
MINOT -- Dave Coble may be the ultimate multi-tasker. While he was in Minot making business connections at the Bakken Investor Conference, the Arizona man also was closing on a town home in Stanley and buying furniture. The land planning and civil engineering firm Coble works for is opening an office in North Dakota, and Coble will be the first employee to relocate. "It's just exciting," said Coble, associate for CVL Consultants, which has offices in Phoenix, Denver and Las Vegas.
MINOT -- Investment planner Sanjoy Dasgupta is betting on the Bakken. For nearly a year, the Denver-area man and his wife have been investing their clients' money -- and their own money -- in oil companies that operate in the Bakken region. They're in Minot this week to see North Dakota for the first time and learn about other investment opportunities through the Bakken Investors Conference.
WILLISTON -- After four nights of sleeping in a pickup in the Williston Walmart parking lot in January, Levi Steff was ready to go home. But then the 22-year-old from western New York, who moved to the Oil Patch with his older brother, went to a local church service and heard a sermon about not giving up. "It seemed like the preacher was just speaking to us," Levi said. Levi and 26-year-old Eric Steff decided to keep going.
NEW TOWN -- Residents of a 45-lot mobile home park in New Town, many among the poorest members of the Three Affiliated Tribes, are being evicted and will be replaced by oil workers. Tribal leaders, who were offered a chance to buy the mobile home park, are working on a solution, but a severe housing shortage caused by the oil boom has the residents worried. "There's fear," said resident Verdell Smith. "Where are we going to go? We're here because there's nowhere to go." The park is now owned by Future Housing LLC.