Kathleen J. Bryan, Forum News Service
WATFORD CITY — The finely tuned trio of health care workers on board a rig here provide medical services on the front lines in North Dakota’s oilfields. The rig is not a towering structure high above the prairie.
WASHINGTON — It was late summer in 1979 when Zachary Harper drove into Watford City in a dirt-covered Jeep, looking for work on an oil drilling crew. He had a name — just one name to go on — and his cousin’s voice urging caution as he walked into a bar in the small outpost in western North Dakota. So begins the story of 27-year-old Harper, the alter ego of Quinn O’Connell, Jr. of Chevy Chase, Md., who along with James J.
WILLISTON — A man convicted in the shooting death of a 28-year-old man outside a downtown strip club last year will serve life in prison without parole. Jonathan Horvath, 47, of Idaho received a sentence Tuesday in Williams County District Court in Williston that Judge David W.
WATFORD CITY — Citadel Energy Services opened the first of nine saltwater disposal facilities planned for North Dakota south of Watford City in October. The freshwater provider and oilfield waste management company in the Bakken began handling produced and flowback water disposal services at its saltwater disposal, the Pembroke SWD No. 1. The 10-acre commercial site off U.S.
By Kathleen J. Bryan Forum News Service WILLISTON — It was in her senior year of college that Blaire Briody fell in love. The 30-year-old native Californian had wanted to be a writer since she was a child, but it wasn’t until she took a journalism course that she considered it a potential career. “I really fell in love with journalism. I don’t think I had ever conceptualized it as a job that I would ever have.
WILLISTON — People seeking work in North Dakota oil country are finding a different climate from two years ago. At North Dakota Job Service on Friday, Lori Fowler was perusing the online job posts looking for an administrative or bookkeeping position. When she first came to Williston from Saskatchewan, Canada, three years ago, her prospects would have been plentiful. With the influx of women to the Oil Patch, that’s no longer the norm. “What I’m finding as opposed to two or three years ago is the competition is increasing.
MINOT — Nick Vaughn earns in two nights what took him two weeks to make in his home state of Tennessee. The 34-year-old Gallatin, Tenn., man uprooted his family — wife Burgandy and four children — in September in hopes of finding a better life in Minot. The former automotive factory worker, who was earning $9 an hour, now tends bar at the Blind Duck Lounge and Casino.
MINOT — When North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation special agent Casey Miller lifted up the mattress in convicted felon Ryan Lee Stensaker’s bedroom, he said he found two rifles and ammunition. Miller took the witness stand on Thursday in the trial here for Stensaker, charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting death of 58-year-old Jack Sjol. The Williston rancher went missing April 25, 2013, and was found three weeks later in a private dump site east of the city. Another BCI special agent, Timothy Erickson, told Williams County State’s Attorney Nathan Madden when he ar
MINOT — The lead detective on the case of the murdered Williston rancher said on Wednesday it’s possible more than one person was present at the time of the shooting. During her testimony on the first day of trial for a man charged with 58-year-old Jack Sjol’s death, Sgt.
WILLISTON -- Williston’s city commissioners have unanimously approved suspending the liquor licenses of two downtown strip clubs after increasing calls to the two businesses and violations of liquor laws. The...