Kathleen J. Bryan
WILLISTON — The report of a foot found on a homeowner’s property went viral on social media, prompting the Williams County Sheriff’s Office to issue a statement in response to "reaction from the community." Detective Caleb Fry said the sheriff’s office and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation on Thursday responded to a report of a foot found on private property.
BISMARCK -- A final report on Bakken crude released Monday by the North Dakota Petroleum Council will be presented to the North Dakota Industrial Commission on Wednesday. The study was done in response to two train derailments last year in which railcars carrying Bakken crude ended in violent explosions. One derailment and explosion in Quebec killed 47 people. Another explosion occurred just outside Casselton, N.D.
WILLISTON -- A missing Williams County teenager was found Tuesday. Megan Laray Grandbois, 15, was reported to have run away by the Williams County Sheriff’s Office. Grandbois had been last seen about 4 a.m. Sunday and was reported missing Monday. She had been with her father in Williams County. The girl’s mother lives in Colorado.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- The Williams County Sheriff’s Office says it believes a Williams County girl, who was reported as a runaway Monday, may still be in Williston or in the Minot area. Megan Laray Grandbois, 15, was last seen about 4 a.m. Sunday. She is 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weighs 108 pounds, has hazel eyes and recently dyed black hair. Megan was wearing dark blue jeans, a brown or black leather jacket, Converse-style shoes and carrying a brown backpack.
WILLISTON -- Williston police can’t say with certainty that a gunshot was fired at a girl who was riding her bicycle in Williston last week. Police received a report that two men driving an older black Chevy Silverado fired a shot in the area where the 7-year-old girl was riding a bike in the 1900 block of 23rd Street West. Detective David Peterson said one of two witnesses living in the same household “heard a sound that resembled a 22-caliber gun.”
BAINVILLE, Mont. — If you give DW Groethe a subject, he can give you a poem and a song. It might be about cowboys, true love or the oil boom. “Words, once they get inside your head, they end up creating a whole new world,” Groethe said. “They’re just wonderful to work with. It’s innate.” He was just a boy when North Dakota saw its first oil boom in the 1950s. The parents of his two best friends worked in the oilfield. The Williston native was working on a fine arts degree in theater at the University of North Dakota when the second boom hit.
WILLISTON -- Preliminary analysis at the site of a fire Tuesday at an oil industry supply business showed no significant issues with air quality, an official said. Hazardous materials teams were monitoring the area after a series of explosions caused flames to shoot 500 feet in the air at Red River Supply just east of downtown Williston early Tuesday.
ALEXANDER — Randy Roth was in the Wild Bison Travel Center when he heard the explosion that rocked the building. “I looked out and saw flames — 200 feet (high) maybe,” he said, recounting the scene after lightning struck the Helling Saltwater Disposal site three miles south of Alexander on Monday afternoon. Roth, the store’s general manager, told the cashier to call 911 and made a beeline to the site, a short walk past the adjacent truck wash, to “make sure everything was OK and we weren’t in danger.” Two men in a car “came buzzing out” from the oilfield site and told Roth everybody was out
BISMARCK — A Texas man has been identified as the victim of Wednesday’s fatal hit-and-run on a highway in central North Dakota, according to authorities. Carlos Price, 51, of Houston was driving south on N.D. Highway 14 with a female passenger about 2:30 a.m. when he failed to stop for a stop sign at a T-intersection with U.S. 52 west of Drake and crashed into a slough, partially submerging the passenger car, North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Gary Orluck said. Price left his vehicle and was walking on U.S.
WILLISTON - Kim Wheigt was on his way to work in Williston when he spied the red, white and blue banners fluttering in the breeze Tuesday morning. The U.S. Postal Service's new full-service retail facility had just opened its doors in the city's Badlands Town Center near Walmart, and Wheigt was second in line. "I think it's well needed. Everybody's complaining they can't get a post office box."