DL News Staff
By JANELL COLE Forum Communications BISMARCK -- The layers of rock that hold oil in western North Dakota first gave up their treasure near Tioga in 1951. Except for a period in 1999 when the state's oil sold for a paltry $6 a barrel, the petroleum industry has been steadily punching holes in the landscape ever since. Seventeen North Dakota counties yield oil from the prehistoric underground depression known as the Williston Basin, which extends into Canada, northwestern South Dakota and eastern Montana.
It's a kinder, gentler oil boom this time, and that suits Williston just fine. The current rush of oil development in western North Dakota, sparked by a new drilling technique that makes it easier to drain oil from a large area with a single well, then compounded $60-$75 per-barrel prices, doesn't resemble the wild frenzy of 25 years ago. Back then, roughnecks drilled 700-800 wells a year in North Dakota and the oil patch directly employed 10,000 people.
Late last month, a student at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria admitted to developing a "hit list." Law enforcement authorities and the student's family were contacted immediately, as well as staff members and parents/guardians of students who were named on the list, according to Ric Dressen, School District 206 superintendent. He noted that the student who wrote the list is currently not in school, pending a complete investigation.
A Detroit Lakes man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly crashing his pickup into three parked cars at a Detroit Lakes auto dealership. Jerry Walden, 54, of 1415 Corbett Road, was arrested for driving while impaired, no vehicle insurance and leaving the scene of an accident. According to a Detroit Lakes police report, eye witnesses said a motorist in a 1995 Dodge Ram half-ton pickup was eastbound on West Main Street, crossed Summit Avenue and entered the R&G Subaru lot, and striking a parked car that caused a chain reaction with two other parked cars. The witnesses told police that the
The names and faces may be irresistible, but the trendiest dogs - hybrid or "designer" dogs like Puggles (Pugs and Beagles) and Labradoodles (Labradors and Poodles) -- are far from perfect. Those who profit from these newly designed dogs tout that, by breeding two different purebred dogs, they create a new breed that possesses all of the positives but not any of the challenges from each breed.
It is dusty and rainy in Iraq, with daytime temperatures in the high 90s and low 100s. By summer, it will be 20 to 30 degrees hotter. That is just one of the things members of the Minnesota Army National Guard are now experiencing and will be facing during their one-year deployment in that Middle East country. With just over one month of "in country" under their belts, the 1st of the 34th Brigade Combat Team have adjusted to their new surroundings and duties. The 1/34 is the name given these soldiers by the U.S. Army.
Recently, there was some confusion about the car insurance discount for senior citizens that have taken an approved defensive driving course. So to help everyone better understand, here we go.
Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota is celebrating its 30th Anniversary by hosting a party and informational event for seniors on Wednesday, May 10, at the Lamplighter Manor. In conjunction with Older American's Month, Karla Abdo, LSNM Seniors Unit coordinator, will be at the Lamplighter to open the anniversary celebration at 1:30 p.m.