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
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Strained by having to house inmates elsewhere and using up resources to transport them, McKenzie County is in the planning stages for a bigger jail.
The county currently spends an estimated $80,000 to $100,000 a month on transporting inmates to other correctional facilities outside the county, which also pulls deputies off the roads and away from patrolling busy Oil Patch roads, County Commissioner Ron Anderson said.
BISMARCK – A jury verdict awarding $1 million to the owners of a western North Dakota hunting ranch who claimed that oil drilling turned their pristine landscape into “an industrial zone” could set a costly precedent for the state’s booming oil industry.
Deadwood Canyon Ranch LLP sued Fidelity Exploration & Production Co., an affiliate of Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group Inc., in October 2010, claiming $3 million in damages for breach of contract and damages to its property as a result of two wells drilled on the ranch between Stanley and New Town in Mountrail County.
BISMARCK -- A group of western North Dakota Republican legislators on Wednesday proposed an $800 million “surge” fund for the state and, in a preview of a proposal to come next week, said it'd be the last such bill needed if a new oil tax formula is adopted this session.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Preservation was Earl Westereng’s No. 1 goal when he bought the old Williston High School in 2005.
He and his partner’s bid of $33,133 was the highest of three for the 1931 building that had been left vacant in the city’s downtown area.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- A Texas-based company is looking to enter the Bakken crude oil shipping business.
Enterprise Products Partners of Houston is seeking customer commitments for its proposed crude oil pipeline from the Williston Basin in North Dakota to the Cushing hub in Oklahoma.
BISMARCK -- Oil and gas production in North Dakota continued setting records in July, with oil up 18,000 barrels a day from June and a 3 percent increase in gas production.
The preliminary oil production figure for July is just over 1.1 million barrels per day, according to figures released Friday by the state.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Darrel Harris is something of a Renaissance man.
The 62-year-old truck driver from Milton-Freewater, Ore., has worked as a teacher, commercial fisherman and for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He even managed an auto parts store in southeast Asia for five years.
North Dakota State University staff confirms a preliminary study of rail shipment delays was withdrawn days after it was released, but the withdrawal has only recently gotten attention.
The study, which estimated the amount money North Dakota farmers have lost to ongoing rail delays, was pulled in May days after it was published, according to professor William Wilson.
Heitkamp calls for more federal power for Surface Transportation Board
WASHINGTON -- U.S. rail operators must put investment ahead of profits to clear the way for grain, automotive and chemical shipments now clogging the tracks, lawmakers said at a congressional hearing Wednesday about the health of the rail grid.
Rail backups in the Midwest are particularly acute with farmers expected to harvest record large corn and soybean crops over the next two months and move much of that grain to market.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. studies of oil train dangers may have underestimated the perils of volatile vapor in the railcars and officials will in the future use precision instruments for more thorough tests, a Transportation Department official said Tuesday.
Officials have warned since January that flammable gas might be moving with crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region, but government studies have largely agreed with industry-funded reports that such fuel is fit to move in standard tank cars.
However, past studies were incomplete and future fuel samples will be drawn using what is known as a syringe cylinder that better detects flammable gas, said Timothy Butters of the Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- One of Dickinson's few child care options has had to close its doors.
The Early Head Start program, part of the North Dakota Head Start Association and managed in part by the Community Action Partnership, temporarily closed its center after five of six teachers on staff resigned over the summer, Early Head Start assistant director Jennifer Braun said Monday.
Like many organizations in Dickinson and southwest North Dakota, Early Head Start has struggled to keep up with higher oil industry wages and rising cost of living.
"We have to compete with oilfields," Braun said, "and we're a federally funded program."
FARGO – Chris and Jamie Zink fit the definition of the “brain drain” – young, college-educated North Dakotans who left the state for job opportunities elsewhere.
Following graduation in 2000, they headed for the St. Louis area, where both earned master’s degrees and worked.
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