The Ramada Grand Dakota Hotel in Dickinson, N.D., advertises its Extended Stay Specials on Friday, July 22, 2016. The price of a hotel room in western North Dakota has dropped by as much as 30 percent in the past year as hotels see fewer oil workers. Average hotel prices in Dickinson, Williston and Minot range from $70-$85 this summer. Hotel occupancy rates are up compared to this winter, but still far below what those cities saw during the height of the oil boom. (Dustin Monke / The Dickinson Press)

Vacancies Up, Room Rates Down For Oil Patch Hotels

DICKINSON, N.D. – The price of a hotel room in western North Dakota has dropped by as much as 30 percent in the past year as hotels see fewer oil workers. Average hotel prices in Dickinson, Williston and Minot ranged from $70 to $85 this June. Most recent occupancy rates were 43 to 55 percent,…
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Faces Of The Boom: Owner Of Fargo Business Sees Oil Patch Expansion

FARGO — Carol Rogne’s business is based in Fargo, but its growing customer base is in North Dakota’s Oil Patch. DFC Consultants, which Rogne founded in Dickinson 24 years ago, offers business software and other services. Rogne, a Dickinson native, moved the main corporate office to Fargo, but in the past few years she’s watched…
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Oil Company Fined $1.5 Million For Disposal Violation

By TJ Jerke and Amy Dalrymple Forum News Service BISMARCK – The North Dakota Industrial Commission levied $1.5 million in fines against an oil and gas operator Tuesday for violations that put a county’s drinking water at risk, the largest civil penalty the commission has ever issued. The company, Halek Operating ND LLC, was accused…
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Ambulance Services Hurting In The Oil Patch

PARSHALL, N.D. – Ambulance volunteers in western North Dakota are so stressed they can’t leave for a weekend because there’s no one to cover for them, said the director of an Oil Patch ambulance service. Four southwestern North Dakota ambulance services formed a nonprofit group and are seeking grant funding to hire part-time staff to…
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More Oil Workers Expected In ND To Catch Up On Fracking This Summer

BISMARCK – More temporary oil workers are expected in Williston, Dickinson and Minot this summer to catch up on a backlog of wells that need hydraulic fracturing, North Dakota’s top oil and gas regulator said Monday. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, said drilling crews are outpacing well completion crews. At the…
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