A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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With population numbers in North Dakota exploding in recent years due to Bakken oil activity, projects to improve infrastructure on the western side of the state are plentiful. One of the next major projects on the docket is a $300 million transmission line being proposed by Basin Electric Power Cooperative, supplier for Roughrider Electric, a major power provider in western North Dakota. Most of the project would be financed U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service.
After witnessing the housing shortages and rent increases in other western North Dakota communities, Bowman County is attempting to get ahead of the game. Members of Bowman County Commission reviewed a purchase order agreement Thursday during a regular meeting in Bowman that moves the county another step closer to obtaining the Jesco Apartments from a private interest for close to $500,000. Located in the Bowman, the apartments offer subsidized low-income family housing, something that Bowman County Commissioner Bill Bowman says could have been put in jeopardy. "We've all seen some of the h
Dickinson State University has room for improvement, according to the results of a recent internal campus quality survey. The anonymous employee survey and subsequent report by Performance Horizons was completed and sent to DSU last month, according to the Wisconsin consulting firm. An edited version of the full report was released to The Press from DSU on Thursday, despite requests for the full report. Out of 254 DSU employees -- all of which were eligible to participate in the survey conducted in October -- 96 completed the questionnaire.
A project to build a $20 million health care facility in Dickinson took another major step forward during a groundbreaking ceremony and press conference Wednesday at the Biesiot Activities Center on the Dickinson State University campus. Dubbed a "super clinic," the new facility is set to open during the summer of 2014 and will be located along Fairway Street, adjacent to the West River Community Center on Dickinson's west side.
Driven in large part by the Bakken oil play, North Dakota ascended to another lofty perch on a business climate ranking list last week. Building on a trend that has put the Peace Garden State in the forefront of business activity and development in recent years, North Dakota is listed as the third-best U.S. state for business and careers in 2012, according to business magazine Forbes' rankings, which were released last week. "This study from Forbes is more evidence that our hard work in the state is getting results," said state Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson.
Prices have been going down at the pump and it's a trend that could continue into 2013. A welcomed sight for motorists and many businesses alike, the price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline dipped to $3.24 at many service stations in Dickinson this weekend. Down nearly 40 cents just in the past month, the price is about 75 cents cheaper than 2012 highs in the city. "It's something I'm very happy to see," said Dickinson resident Gary Jilek as he filled up at Simonson's Station Store on East Villard Saturday afternoon.
More and more energy companies stationed in the Bakken seem to have a cloud following them around lately. No, it's not a dark cloud, but a computing cloud. After all, when you're in the oil and gas exploration business, you sometimes find yourself set up in some pretty remote areas. Although western North Dakota is growing rapidly, there is still plenty of land mass in the Bakken where communicating with the outside world can be difficult. That's where ERF Wireless Inc.
Lindsey Arnold and her family are no strangers to Dickinson State University. In fact, one could say the DSU campus is a venerable home away from home for the Arnolds. Taking it a step further, one could even argue that Lindsey, in a way, owes her very existence to DSU. Arnold was one of 157 students awarded degrees during DSU's winter commencement ceremony Friday afternoon at the Dorothy Stickney Auditorium.
When Ron Ackley learned that his best friend could not live with him in his new apartment in Dickinson, he made a choice many people probably wouldn't make. But then, many may not understand the bond Ackley shares with his best friend, a chihuahua named Droopy that has been at his side for the past 14 years. "He's really all I have out here," said Ackley, a Wisconsin native who's been working as a truck driver in western North Dakota for Power Fuels for the past two years. "I'm 650 miles from home and don't get a lot of visitors out here. I wasn't going to give Droopy up.
When Neko Wells moved to Dickinson in July to be with her husband, she had no idea about the difficulties she would encounter receiving what most in town view as a basic service. Though she lives in a new apartment complex on the north side of Dickinson with her two children and their father, a Power Fuels employee, Wells makes a daily trip to a box she rents at the UPS store just south of the Prairie Hills Mall. It's either that or pick up her mail at Power Fuels' Dickinson location, about two miles north of town. The reason: the U.S.