Second temporary bypass planned around Williston

Traffic at a busy Williston, N.D., intersection is often backed up for blocks as a result of the trucks that have to come through the city.

BISMARCK – Work will be completed this year on a second temporary truck bypass that will further relieve traffic within Williston, N.D., officials announced Tuesday.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple and state Department of Transportation Director Francis Ziegler said the state plans to resurface a section of County Road 9 and County Road 6 to serve as a second temporary bypass around Williston’s eastern edge.

The second bypass was requested by Williston city officials and Williams County commissioners.

A temporary bypass around the western edge, utilizing County Road 6, County Road 1 and U.S. Highway 2, is expected to be complete in late August, officials said. Construction on the east bypass is projected to begin this fall with completion by the end of the year.

The temporary routes will provide traffic relief while officials continue planning a permanent bypass along the west side of Williston.

Williston hospital CEO seeks home-grown help

WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota should dream big to meet the health care needs of the Oil Patch, the CEO of Williston’s hospital said Monday.

Matt Grimshaw, who leads Mercy Medical Center, told a group of legislators that the state should create a state-of-the art center in Williston to train nurses, physicians, lab technicians and a broad spectrum of health care professionals.

As North Dakota’s population explodes, and the demographics in the western part of the state change, developing home-grown health care professionals is the long-term solution to meeting the health care needs, Grimshaw said.

“I really believe we need to rethink the mindset at the state level for how we train health care professionals,” Grimshaw told members of the Legislature’s Higher Education Committee.

The Williston facility, which Grimshaw believes is the fastest-growing hospital in the country, has 450 employees and 50 vacancies. The staff turnover rate is about 40 percent, which Grimshaw called unsustainable.

Meanwhile, the medical center continues to set new records in the numbers of ER visits, births and clinic patients.

“The hard reality to grasp is we are still in the acceleration phase,” Grimshaw said.

A new educational model could integrate programs from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Williston State College with the educational opportunities at Mercy Medical Center and other regional partners, Grimshaw said.

“Let’s train the next generation of students here,” he said.

Joshua Wynne, dean of the medical school and UND’s vice president of health sciences, told legislators that physicians who are trained in North Dakota and do their residency in the state are more likely to work in the state.

UND is working to meet the needs of western North Dakota, including expanding student and residency experiences in Williston, Wynne said.

The medical school has roughly 30 first-year residency slots in North Dakota. Legislators approved an additional nine spots per year during the last legislative session, and a budget request legislators will consider next session would fund another eight positions, Wynne said.

Wynne said he urged fully funding the new residency positions last session because there’s lag time before the additional physicians can move through the pipeline.

“Anything we do now takes years to pay off,” Wynne said. “The need is now, but the need is not going to diminish in the future. We do need to act now.”

Interest in Bakken oil tours strong

Tami Fohr Walsh of Florida, left, and Lynn Laquinta of Oregon take pictures during the Bakken Field Tour on Saturday near New Town, N.D. Amy Dalrymple / Forum Communications

WILLISTON, N.D. – Sylvan Prothero built a vacation around touring North Dakota’s oil fields.

The Breckenridge, Minn., area farmer was among about 30 people to participate in the first Bakken Field Tour on Saturday.

Prothero said his daughter-in-law thought he was crazy for spending $325 to go on the tour, but he had been reading about the oil boom and wanted to experience it.

“I just thought I’d like to go out there and see what it’s like,” Prothero said. “It is amazing.”

The series of tours is designed to educate people about oil and gas development in northwest North Dakota, whether they’re interested in doing business in the Bakken or just have sheer curiosity.

Saturday’s group included real estate developers, private equity investors, representatives from a trucking company and others from around the state and around the country.

Representatives from Alderon Industries of Hawley, Minn., which manufacturers control panels and float switches, attended the tour to learn about opportunities they could pursue in the oilfield.

“We didn’t really understand the scope of what was going on,” said Greg Simon, sales and marketing manager.

The guided tour, which left from Williston and went through Watford City, New Town, Stanley and Tioga, drove by drilling rigs, fracking equipment, gas processing plants, crude loading terminals and new housing developments. It also featured a tour of the Target Logistics crew camp near Tioga. Participants attended an educational workshop Friday night to lay the foundation for what they saw Saturday.

Brian Crothers, right, general manager of the Target Logistics crew camp near Tioga, N.D., gives a tour of the lodge to participants of the Bakken Field Tour.

Chuck Geisen, a real estate developer from Green Bay, Wis., attended the tour even though he’s already been working in the Williston area with Landmark Real Estate & Development. Geisen said it expanded his focus and allowed him to network and make new connections.

Jeff Zarling, president of DAWA Solutions Group, which is leading the tour, said the tours have attracted strong interest from people around the country. Tours are scheduled through September leaving from Williston and Minot.

Alderon President Bob Klabunde said after seeing the activity and learning more about the Bakken, his company will be able to better compete in the market.

“The potential is way bigger than I thought,” he said.

Chuck Geisen, a resl estate developer from Green Bay, Wis., buys a souvenir Tshirt at the Target Logistics crew camp near Tioga, N.D., during the Bakken Field Tour

Faces of the Boom: Oil boom generates national, international interest in moving to N.D.

Robert Peeler of California is working as a mechanic in Williston, N.D., to save his house and his family ranch. Peeler hopes his family can join him in North Dakota this fall. Amy Dalrymple/Forum Communications Co.

WILLISTON, N.D. – Moving to North Dakota was the best thing that ever happened to Robert Peeler.

After losing his job and facing hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt, the Red Bluff, Calif., man hoped North Dakota was the route to turning his life around.

He found a good-paying job his first day in Williston and is now on a path to do just that.

“This is the only place where there’s really this much opportunity,” Peeler said.

Stories like Peeler’s are common in western North Dakota, where a recent scan of the Walmart parking lot in Williston showed license plates from 25 states.

It’s difficult to know just how many people have moved to North Dakota in the past year after hearing about the oil boom and the state’s job opportunities. But the North Dakota Department of Commerce provides a glimpse into which states’ residents seem to be most attracted to North Dakota.

In the first six months of this year, the state’s relocation program added nearly 2,700 names into a database of people potentially interested in moving to North Dakota, said Adele Sigl, workforce talent and project coordinator.

Minnesotans topped the list of interested movers (242) followed by Californians (195), Washingtonians (169) and Floridians (159). North Dakota’s relocation program was contacted by someone in every U.S. state and also heard from interested job seekers in Nigeria, the Czech Republic and Jordan this year.

There are now more than 8,000 names in the program’s database.

Sigl said people are grateful to have a place to contact to learn more about moving to North Dakota.

“With working with the program, I have learned the importance of what that voice on the other end of the phone can mean to a person who is in need of a job and relocating to another state they know nothing about,” she said. “I have been blessed and thanked many, many times over.”

One of the most popular questions Sigl gets is how to get a job in the oilfield. Some job seekers want to know if news reports about North Dakota’s booming economy and job openings are actually true.

“They’re just really, ‘Come on. That can’t be happening because look at our state and our economy and what’s going on there,’ ” Sigl said.

She also fields questions that would amuse North Dakotans, like: Do people really work in the winter time?

“They (job seekers) always ask about the weather. ‘What’s the weather like up there?’ I think they think we sit on an iceberg,” Sigl said.

As North Dakota becomes a melting pot of job seekers from around the world looking for opportunity, three men share their stories of what led them here.

California: ‘I get to be a provider again’

A string of bad luck brought Peeler to North Dakota, but now his luck is turning around.

The 40-year-old got laid off from his job as a mechanic for Land Rover after 9½ years.

Then he and his brothers inherited their grandfather’s ranch and Peeler “mortgaged our house to the hilt” to buy 1,160 cows with his brothers.

One cow got hoof and mouth disease, and all of the cows had to be put down, leaving the family with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.

Three of Peeler’s brothers are now in the Gulf Coast doing offshore drilling. Peeler came to Williston about six weeks ago to work as a mechanic.

“We’re doing what we have to do,” Peeler said.

With the high demand for mechanics in the Oil Patch, Peeler found a job his first day and turned down three other offers.

The shop where he works has cars lined up waiting weeks to be worked on. Peeler often works into the evening and does work on the side to earn as much money as he can. He is working to start a mobile mechanic business on weekends.

Peeler has a wife, who works as a nurse, three sons and a stepdaughter back in California. He hopes they’ll be able to join him in Williston after he gets settled, and they may even make North Dakota their home.

“This is a great place to raise your kids,” Peeler said.

In the meantime, Peeler is sending most of the money he earns back to his family.

“I get to be a provider again,” Peeler said. “This is the best thing to ever happen to me and my family.”

New Jersey native Brad McHugh moved to Williston, N.D., with his dog, Mister Cooper, to operate White Dog Development Group, a real estate development firm.

New Jersey:  ‘I’d regret not trying it’

For East Coast entrepreneur Brad McHugh, the real estate opportunities in North Dakota were too good to ignore.

McHugh, a New Jersey native, has been living in Williston since March with White Dog Development Group, a firm he runs with his friend and business partner.

Work was steady for McHugh on the East Coast, where he still runs a general contracting and development company.

But McHugh, a single 35-year-old, decided he was in a position to take some risks and have an adventure in North Dakota.

“I figured I’d regret not trying it and I’d never regret trying it,” McHugh said.

McHugh did a lot of research before moving to North Dakota and took some scouting trips. But he and his partner discovered they need to be able to adapt to the dynamic conditions.

“Williston changes so aggressively every day that research is very relative,” McHugh said. “It’s really more of get here, live it, figure it out.”

His company initially planned to take older buildings and repurpose them for current needs. They renovated a condemned downtown Williston building and will now lease it to a civil engineering firm for office space with some housing.

Now White Dog is shifting its focus to raw land development. The company is developing 150 acres in McKenzie County about 15 minutes south of Williston for commercial and retail projects.

McHugh said working with people in North Dakota has been refreshing compared to the cutthroat competition he was accustomed to on the East Coast. He is planning to build a house and stay in North Dakota for at least two to three years.

“As long as it’s as fun as it is now,” McHugh said.

John Karel of Stillwater, Minn. is CEO of ABcom and is expanding the business in Williston, N.D.

Minnesota: ‘We have long-term intentions’

As CEO of a communications firm, John Karel is often coined “chief expansion officer.”

The Stillwater, Minn., man leads ABcom, which specializes in installing and designing voice and data cabling and other applied business communications.

Karel has helped start offices in Arizona and Texas and is now launching an operation based in Williston.

“We knew it was booming here,” Karel said.

As new schools, hospitals, retail stores and offices open in the Oil Patch, ABcom will support the data and voice cabling and systems installation and service.

Karel has been working in Williston full time for all of 2012 and he has two other employees in North Dakota. More employees are ready to come once the operation gets established.

ABcom also is developing a technology that will allow oil companies to remotely monitor tanks, instruments and other gauges at well sites over a cell phone line.

Karel said the technology is simpler and more affordable than other remote sensor systems, and it’s a better option than sending an employee to check on a location. He’s meeting with oil companies that are planning to test the new system.

“We think this is a great place. There is a lot of growth,” Karel said. “We have long-term intentions, not just to come in for a month.”

Natural gas production could quadruple

Natural gas is flared at an oil well in Williams County, N.D.

WILLISTON, N.D. – Natural gas production in the Williston Basin could more than quadruple current levels, pushing North Dakota into a more leading role in supplying the U.S. natural gas market, according to a study released Wednesday.

The report also projects that oil production in the Williston Basin could grow to 1.8 million barrels per day by 2017 and more than 2 million barrels per day by 2025. May production was about 640,000 barrels per day.

The North Dakota Pipeline Authority commissioned the study from Bentek Energy, an energy market analytics company, to get more information about future natural gas production.

Results from the study show that as Bakken and Three Forks wells age, the amount of gas they produce will grow substantially in seven to 10 years.

Justin Kringstad, director of the Pipeline Authority, said that will have a significant impact on the amount of pipelines and other infrastructure needed to handle that amount of natural gas.

“It’s exciting,” Kringstad said. “There’s tremendous potential for additional investments in gas processing and gas transportation.”

Lynn Helms, director of Mineral Resources, said this new information means that every Bakken well has an economical lifespan of about 45 years, rather than 29 years as previously thought.

Natural gas from the Bakken formation is unique because it is rich in natural gas liquids, significantly more than what is found in other natural gas production areas, Helms said.

While the price of natural gas is not projected to increase, the natural gas liquids that North Dakota produces have a higher dollar value, although not as high as crude oil, Kringstad said.

“Those natural gas liquids make it very economical to continue the investment,” he said.

Propane and ethane are the two natural gas liquids North Dakota produces that are the most valuable, Helms said.

Unlike oil, the only way to ship natural gas to a processing facility is by pipeline. Getting those liquids to market will require significant investment.

North Dakota officials initially estimated it would require $3 billion to $4 billion to build the necessary infrastructure to handle the natural gas, Kringstad said.

Now that investment may need to be as much as $15 billion, Kringstad said.

Officials expect that private industry will look at this study and use it as a planning tool to develop additional pipelines, gas processing plants and other infrastructure.

“There are companies that are looking for the next opportunity,” Kringstad said.

The study looked at Bakken and Three Forks wells in the U.S. portion of the Williston Basin, which is primarily North Dakota and eastern Montana, Kringstad said.

North Dakota produced 651 million cubic feet of natural gas per day in April and Montana produced 85 million cubic feet, for a combined total of 736 million cubic feet.

The study projects that the two states will produce 3.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day by 2025.

The results also provide a strong outlook for value-added industries utilizing natural gas liquids, such as fertilizer, petrochemical and natural gas-fired electrical generation, Kringstad said.

Oil companies say ‘thank you’ with cookfest

Kelli Pflug serves pitchfork fondue to Buddy Garren during the Bakken Rocks Cookfest in Ray, N.D. Employees of G3 operating, Go Wireline and Quinn Pumping teamed up to compete in the cooking contest, which attracted an estimated 2,000 community members. Amy Dalrymple/Forum Communications

RAY, N.D. – The oil industry threw a thank you party Tuesday for communities in the heart of oil development.

Thirteen teams with the Bakken Rocks Cookfest event prepared everything from ribs to jambalaya to banana pudding for residents from Ray and the surrounding communities.

Organizers estimated that as many as 2,000 people attended the free event.

The event is part of the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s Oil Can! initiative, which aims to get out into communities with oil activity and listen to residents, said President Ron Ness.

“We want to be part of the solution as an industry,” Ness said.

Another Bakken Rocks Cookfest will be held Thursday in Belfield, N.D.

Employees of G3 Operating, Go Wireline and Quinn Pumping teamed up to make pitchfork fondue.

The event creates an opportunity for those in the industry to get to know residents of the communities, said John Seil, one of the owners of Go Wireline.

“The industry is causing a lot of stress so it’s always nice to give something back,” Seil said.

Tom Wheeler, who farms northwest of Ray, said most residents only know the oil industry from the company trucks they see driving by. Community members appreciate having the opportunity to interact with those in the industry and ask questions, Wheeler said.

“It has a very positive effect on the community,” Wheeler said.

The afternoon featured educational presentations about drilling, geology and other aspects of oil development.

One of the topics on many people’s minds was pipelines.

“We need to get these pipelines in to get the trucks off the road,” said Merle Helland of Williston, N.D.

Jack Redmond, who has a ranch north of Tioga, N.D., said he’s concerned about the amount of flaring of natural gas he sees around his property.

“It’s almost a sin the way they’re flaring this gas,” Redmond said.

Betty Van Berkom of Powers Lake, N.D., said she attended the event to learn more about what precautions are in place to protect water and to understand how the drilling process works.

“It’s overwhelming,” she said. “You constantly have to educate yourself.”

Faces of the Boom: Struggle to find housing in Williston sends Houston woman back home

WILLISTON, N.D. – Mary Catherine Moore came to Williston in June hoping to spend a year working a high-paying job.

Last week, the 50-year-old gave away her camper, got a $40 gas voucher from the Salvation Army and headed back to Texas.

“I tried it,” said Moore. “It’s not for me.”

Moore had been unemployed in Houston after her jobs working in computer support were outsourced overseas.

With her three children – a senior in high school and two college students –traveling in Europe this summer to visit their father’s relatives, Moore decided to look for work in North Dakota to help with her house payments in Houston.

Moore brought her dog, Oliver, a tent and cooking supplies, prepared to camp in the Williston area. But when she arrived, Moore learned that most campgrounds are accommodating recreational campers and are turning away workers.

She found a room available in a Trenton, N.D., mobile home for $600 a month. She had access to the kitchen and bathroom, which was missing parts of the floor. But the number of adults living there increased to six and she was uncomfortable with the number of visitors coming and going all the time.

Moore left the trailer and bought a pop-up camper. Last week, after spending six nights in the camper in the Trenton area, campers were informed that the campground was only for recreational users.

“The struggle to make sure you have a roof over your head or at least a place to park your camper that’s legal … in addition to basic necessities like bathing and washing clothes … become major obstacles,” Moore said.

Moore also had difficulty finding steady work. She was hired on her second day in Williston to assist a health safety and environmental coordinator for an oil company. But then she found out the job wouldn’t start for two weeks.

Moore volunteered at the Salvation Army Thrift Store and turned down other job offers while waiting for that job to start. But after two weeks, Moore said the position was eliminated because others in the company complained that the Williston safety coordinator got assistance and they didn’t.

Moore also cooked for a short time at a café in Trenton and tried delivering burritos for a Williston business, but neither job worked out.

Moore said she could have found another job, but the last straw for her was what she observed last Wednesday at the Salvation Army. The source of amusement for people who hang out at the Salvation Army is to look out the window at the people arriving on the bus and count how many have come to get rich in Williston, Moore said.

“If the people that are hanging out here are savvy enough to realize that it’s a rainbow that everyone chases and not everyone finds their pot of gold, it was like ‘I need to get out of here,’” Moore said.

Moore had put her camper up for sale, but on Thursday she donated it to a church rather than wait for it to sell. She got her last paycheck on Friday from the café and planned to drive back to Texas, where she expects to find two minimum wage jobs and rent out a room in her home to be able to afford her house payment.

Moore said that unless you’re a woman who can work an oilfield job typically held by men, the wages offered to women are not enough to afford the cost of living.

“I don’t think it’s a place for a single woman to come,” Moore said. “You’re not going to get rich quick as a woman in Williston. Not legally at least.”

Mary Catherine Moore and her dog, Oliver, wait outside of the Salvation Army for a gas voucher to return home to Houston.

Added workforce pumps up oil production

Williams County produced 110,738 barrels of oil per day in May, a 23 percent increase over April. Amy Dalrymple/Forum Communications

WILLISTON, N.D. –  A boost in the workforce helped Williams County add 66 producing oil wells in May, increasing daily production by more than 21,000 barrels that month, the latest figures show.

The significant jump – a 23 percent increase in oil production over April – was due to additional crews that do hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, said Lynn Helms, director of Mineral Resources.

Hydraulic fracturing is a process in which water, chemicals and sand are injected under high pressure to form tiny fractures in the rock to extract the oil.

With the additional crews working in Williams County, the county gained as many producing wells as any other county during May, Helms said.

“That’s very unusual to put that many new wells in production,” Helms said.

At the end of May, North Dakota had 336 idle wells that had been drilled but were waiting for fracking crews.

Williams County accounted for about one-third of those idle wells with 108.

Helms said he expects another big jump in Williams County oil production when June numbers are released as the frack crews continue to work on those idle wells.

“Their intention is to get caught up,” Helms said.

Residents of Williams County, which includes Williston, likely weren’t aware that additional fracking crews were working in the area, Helms said.

“If it wasn’t so busy already, it would be noticeable,” he said.

At the end of May, Williams County had 973 producing wells and produced 110,738 barrels of oil per day, according to preliminary figures from the Department of Mineral Resources.

Stark County had a nearly 18 percent increase in oil production for May.

Helms said the increase was due to companies having good results drilling in the Three Forks formation in the Dickinson area.

Divide County saw a 17 percent increase in oil production and Burke County saw a 38 percent increase in May. All other oil-producing counties saw percentage increases in the single digits.

Helms said the percentage increase in Burke County was because its production numbers are lower to begin with, and also because companies are seeing good results drilling in an area near the Divide County line.

Mountrail County continued to be the top-producing oil county in May with 182,235 barrels per day and McKenzie County produced 143,249 barrels per day, according to the preliminary figures.

North Dakota’s total oil production for May was 19.8 million barrels, or 639,000 barrels per day, about an 8 percent increase over April.

North Dakota pursues largest civil and first ever criminal case against oil and gas operator

Environmental violations at a fracking waste water disposal well near Dickinson, N.D., that threatened drinking water have prompted North Dakota’s largest civil case and the first ever criminal case against an oil and gas operator.

The company, Halek Operating ND LLC, faces up to $1.5 million in fines for injecting salt water used in hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, into the disposal site after having been told to stop because the site was not up to state standards.

The North Dakota Industrial Commission filed the civil complaint against Halek in Burleigh County District Court.

A criminal complaint filed in Stark County charges Nathan Garber, president of Executive Drilling LLC, with a Class C felony. The case alleges that Garber knowingly violated Industrial Commission rules by directing employees of another company to modify the dump site to deceive inspectors.

Executive Drilling LLC is somehow related to Halek, but officials are unclear about the connection, said Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources.

Helms said this is the most significant environmental case in North Dakota that he’s aware of.

“It’s a very serious violation and it needs to be dealt with in a very serious manner,” Helms said.

Halek attempted to drill for oil in the Lodgepole formation, but was unsuccessful, Helms said. The company then converted the oil well into a salt water disposal well.

Rules require disposal wells to have three layers of steel to protect drinking water, Helms said. In this case, there was only one layer of protection, he said.

“They’ve tripled the risk of contaminating a drinking water zone with this well,” Helms said.

If salt water had contaminated the drinking water zones, it would have been very serious, which is why officials are pursuing maximum civil and criminal penalties, Helms said.

“It takes many, many years to clean it up, if it can be done at all,” he said.

Officials will be testing at the site to check for possible contamination, Helms said. The Industrial Commission is now in control of that well and not allowing it to be used.

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted in the case and determined that Garber was the individual responsible for signing paperwork to direct another company to modify the well site to mislead inspectors.

 “It was literally done in the middle of the night,” Helms said.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said the willful violation of Industrial Commission rules warrant a felony charge against Garber. The maximum penalty is five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Garber is believed to be in Texas and officials will attempt to extradite him to North Dakota, Stenehjem said.

Halek Operating has 21 days to respond to the civil complaint. Attempts to reach Garber and Halek representatives for comment were unsuccessful.

During a meeting of the Industrial Commission on Tuesday, members called for aggressive enforcement of environmental rules.

“There will not be any exceptions or leniency when these things happen,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

A year ago, the Industrial Commission cited Halek for improperly cleaning up an oil spill, also near Dickinson. Halek faced more than $588,000 in potential fines, but was ordered to pay less than 10 percent of that with the rest suspended, Helms said. Halek also paid a $20,000 cash bond in case future contamination showed up, Helms said.

Halek could be ordered to pay the suspended amount of the fine, $528,750, if the company has another similar violation before Nov. 4.

Helms said he does not think this new case will trigger that suspended fine because it’s a different type of violation.

However, Helms said he expects the company will end up paying a higher percentage of the fines in this new case.

“I would think that they’ll be much more severe with action on this second violation,” Helms said.

Halek Operating ND LLC is registered with the Secretary of State with a Dickinson post office box and a Twin Cities cell phone number. It’s also associated with Halek Energy Partners in Texas.

Disposal well operator faces civil, criminal charges

The North Dakota Industrial Commission is pursuing its largest civil case and its first ever criminal case against an oil and gas operator accused of breaking environmental protection rules.

A civil complaint alleges that Halek Operating ND LLC operated a salt water disposal well near Dickinson, N.D., in violation of its permit. The complaint also alleges that Halek used the disposal well after being notified of a violation. The complaint seeks more than $1.5 million in fines.

A criminal complaint charges Nathan Garber of Executive Drilling LLC with a Class C felony. The case alleges that Garber knowingly directed a service company to modify the salt water disposal well in a way that violated Industrial Commission rules.

The rule violations put freshwater zones at risk.

“It’s a very serious violation and it needs to be dealt with in a very serious manner,” said Lynn Helms, state director of mineral resources.

Halek Operating has 21 days to respond to the civil complaint.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Garber is believed to be in Texas and officials will attempt to extradite him to North Dakota.

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