A truck crosses the Long X Bridge on U.S. Highway 85 south of Watford City, N.D., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Kathleen J. Bryan/Forum News Service

Badlands A Sensitive Subject As Plans To Widen U.S. 85 Emerge

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – The public will be asked for input next week on alternatives for the proposed four-laning of U.S. Highway 85 south of Watford City, but none of the options include maintaining a two-lane highway through Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Some conservation advocates have argued against expanding Highway 85 for a 7-mile stretch…
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This image from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration illustrates how a worker for Most Wanted Well Service fell in a Nov. 23, 2015, incident. The worker was injured in a fall while escaping from a “snubbing basket” on a workover rig without an adequate escape line.

Autopsy Shows Oil Worker Fell To His Death After Explosion

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – An autopsy shows that an oilfield worker who died Saturday was killed as the result of a fall, the second time a worker for the same company has been hurt in a fall in the past eight months. State Forensic Medical Examiner William Massello III listed the cause of death for…
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UPDATED: Authorities Release Name Of Michigan Oilfield Worker Who Died Monday

ROSS, N.D. – The oilfield worker who died Monday after being struck by equipment has been identified as Paul William Green II, 36, of Alger, Mich., the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Office said. Green was pronounced dead at a well site about 4½ miles northeast of Ross after a deputy responded to a 911 call about…
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Richard "Chad" Maheu

Burned Oil Workers ‘Not Out Of The Woods,’ Fundraising Sites Set Up

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Co-workers of the men involved in Saturday’s oilfield explosion that killed one and injured three are raising money for medical bills and other expenses. “The guys that are going through this, they’re still not out of the woods,” said April Crites of Wyoming, whose husband works with the men who were…
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German Artist Captures The Bakken

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A German photographer is capturing the Bakken through an artist’s eyes. Andy Scholz, an art photography faculty member from Regensburg University in Germany, is spending several weeks in North Dakota working on a project about the oil boom. The project is a cultural exchange funded by the German Consulate. In addition…
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