Industry Leader: Oil Counties Need $5 Billion ‘to Do It Right’

WILLISTON, N.D. – The state should invest up to $5 billion in northwest North Dakota communities with the most oil activity, the president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council said Wednesday. Ron Ness, while testifying to a group of legislators meeting in Williston, said communities need significant resources to do long-range planning, but the state’s…
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Faces Of The Boom: ‘Cheesy’ YouTube Videos Become An ‘awesome Responsibility’

WILLISTON, N.D. – Washington artist Gregg Thompson uses YouTube to document his adventures in his new home of Williston. The raw video clips peppered with Thompson’s humor and occasionally salty language are attracting attention from national television producers and people curious about life in the Oil Patch. “I thought they were kind of cheesy, but…
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For Personal Safety, Your Mind Is What Matters

WILLISTON, N.D. – When friends and acquaintances heard I was moving from Fargo to Williston, many suggested I get a gun. Others said I shouldn’t leave the house without pepper spray and a Taser. One friend bluntly told me “Don’t get raped.” While I appreciate the concern so many showed me, this is the advice…
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Oil Patch Life Makes You Appreciate Simple Conveniences

Living in Williston, N.D., is great for news reporting, but there are some conveniences I miss. This week while driving through Minot, N.D., and spending three nights in Bismarck for the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, I was reminded of some of the “luxuries” you can’t find in Williston. Here’s what I did: – Ran an errand…
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RV Ban Moves Forward In Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. – City commissioners here took another step this week toward making it illegal for people to live in recreational vehicles outside of a designated RV park, but the ordinance is still being revised. The Williston City Commission unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance Thursday night that would make a violation subject…
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