Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 580-6890.
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Fighting drug trafficking in the Bakken requires more than two-week stints from federal agents, Oil Patch police chiefs and sheriffs said here Wednesday. Western North Dakota law enforcement joined Sen. John Hoeven and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem in urging federal agencies to establish a permanent presence in Williston. The Federal Bureau of Investigation sends agents to western North Dakota on a temporary basis, but local sheriffs and police chiefs said they typically stay for two-week assignments.
Health care workers who are on the front lines to detect human trafficking met in Sioux Falls Tuesday learn how to identify potential victims.
A judge here set bond at $2 million Friday for a 38-year-old man charged with human trafficking and several other offenses for allegedly forcing women to engage in sexual conduct.
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will tour Dakota Gasification in Beulah and oil and gas sites in Tioga while visiting North Dakota next week, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Thursday.
Drug trafficking in the Bakken is highlighted in the National Drug Control Strategy released Wednesday by the White House drug czar. The 102-page document includes several mentions of North Dakota and Montana, including about a page dedicated to the need for agencies to collaborate in response to a “burgeoning threat” in the Bakken.
New Yorker Phil Hamda came to North Dakota to scout for real estate opportunities, but his plans changed after paying nearly $8 for a pack of cigarettes in Williston.
Tattoo artist Dan Golebiewski is drilling ink in the Bakken to pay the mortgage back home. As business at his tattoo shop in northern Idaho slowed down in recent years along with the economy, Golebiewski kept hearing about North Dakota from friends who moved there to work in the oilfield. He took a trip to the Bakken in 2012 and saw the potential. The husband and father of two then spent his days off for the next two years turning a used RV into a professional mobile Dan’s Tattoo Shop.
A critter crossing large enough to accommodate moose will go under an expanded U.S. Highway 85 near Williston, helping wildlife travel through habitat that’s now divided by heavy oilfield traffic.
Leaders here broke ground Friday on a $59 million medical complex to support the needs of the rapidly growing community. The new 120,000-square-foot McKenzie County Healthcare Systems facility will combine the hospital, clinic and long-term care facility into one central location.
Energy Transfer Partners announced this week it has commitments from shippers to move forward with an 1,100-mile crude oil pipeline from North Dakota to Patoka, Ill.