STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT WITH AGWEEK REPORTER JONATHON KNUTSON Actions and consequences
I've written several stories about how the proposed Food and Drug Administration ban on artificial trans fat in the U.S. food supply could affect Upper Midwest agriculture. One of the stories, an inte... Posted on 11/22/13 at 11:03 AM
REAL OILFIELD WIVES Our Camper Life: An Introduction
Two months ago I was living in a four bedroom house with chickens and gardens, working a full time job and taking care of my son, Will, while his daddy, Jacob, worked in the North Dakota oilfields. So... Posted on 7/10/13 at 9:16 AM
STAFF BLOG AREAVOICES COMMUNITY Real Oilfield Wives and more new blogs!
It's been awhile since I've given you my recommendations for new blogs to check out here on Areavoices. But three new blogs have crossed my path and I felt compelled to share them.
The first is calle... Posted on 3/13/13 at 4:01 PM
Division of oil tax revenue an issue leading up to the session
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- When legislators and local government leaders in the Oil Patch make their case for more funding in the next legislative session, they want those from outside the region to have seen the situation firsthand.
“We want them to have visual images in their minds of seeing RV parks and these roads — not perceptions — of what it’s like out here,” Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford said Wednesday. “... I think it hit home, they were all looking and watching, very quiet and reflective.”
DICKINSON, N.D. -- To start a two-day tour of western North Dakota oil country, more than 30 legislators stopped at Marathon Oil's Dickinson office to hear from city officials.
Terry Kovacevich, head of Marathon's Bakken operations, opened the visit with an update on the company's drilling activity. He said drilling is getting faster, and production is increasing with constantly evolving technology.
"We're getting better all the time," he said.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Industrial Commission voted Tuesday to impose a $25,000 civil penalty on four parties with ties to construction work done on a saltwater disposal well site in McKenzie County without a state permit.
The complaint filed by Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms alleged that the work was performed on two days in May 2013 at a site about 10 miles northwest of Watford City.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Everyone in this town seems to have a story. From a hotel receptionist from Kenya to a pre-med major from Georgia working on an oil rig, Williston has a bit of everything, and everybody.
Housing a key to hiring teachers as school adds students, diversity
ALEXANDER, N.D. -- Leslie Bieber was fielding questions from parents and students Thursday morning, as the new year off at Alexander Public School in western North Dakota’s Oil Patch.
Bieber, the K-12 district’s superintendent, then helped a new 10th-grader with his schedule and counseled two senior girls about taking a dual-credit course at Williston State College, 25 miles to the north.
MINOT, N.D. – The Obama administration’s drug czar chose North Dakota oil country on Tuesday to unveil the White House’s updated strategy for fighting illicit drug movement on the U.S.-Canada border, highlighting the “emerging threat” posed by synthetic drugs and drug trafficking in the Bakken oilfield region.
WILLISTON -- A subsidiary of real estate developer The Prime Group said on Monday it plans to build a $150 million convention center in Williston, aiming to supply a world-class meeting space for the fast-growing oil boom community.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- The day that Sue Erling arrived in Williston in September 2010, she was surrounded by trucks.
No longer the sleepy outpost she remembered as a young girl, the native North Dakotan was fresh off a year working as a nurse in Fairbanks, Alaska, and ready to meet the challenges at Mercy Medical Center.
Oil Patch schools still looking teachers, readying for more students
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Last month, Viola LaFontaine was facing a teacher shortage the likes of which she had not seen in her four years as superintendent of the Williston Public School District.
With 25 open teaching positions and the resignation of another counselor, she feared having to reassign reading and other teachers who provide academic support to fill the gaps, which would have affected her reading program and forced her out of compliance.
Rural Williston district amid contract talks with teachers
WILLISTON, N.D. -- With just one week before the start of school, the superintendent of Williston’s New Public School District resigned Monday.
Fran Swensgard’s immediate resignation, announced at Monday night’s school board meeting, comes at an awkward time for the district, as it is the midst of 2014-15 contract negotiations with the teachers union.
MINOT, N.D. — Hunter Harrison, CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway, showed his pride and disappointment in his railroad’s ability to move North Dakota grain in a meeting Aug. 11 with shippers and two U.S. senators in Minot.
But Harrison also showed a fiery, defiant side — defending against what he said are sometimes inaccurate or misplaced reports of his railroad’s shortcomings.
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