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 -- 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.
WILLISTON -- The president of Dickinson State University said the school is losing potential students every day while its out-of-state tuition rate remains undecided. President D.C.
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 -- 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 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 - 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.