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Forum interviews man who worked on the first North Dakota oil well


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media InForum oil patch correspondent Amy Dalrymple’s column Faces of the Boom features a different story from North Dakota’s oil patch each week. This week she interviewed Raymond “Maggie” Magnuson. The article follows Maggie’s employment at the Clarence Iverson well (the first successful oil well in North Dakota) to the H.O. Bakken well, which is ...

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FOTB: Priced out of her home: Rising rental prices in Williston forces woman to move back in with family


By Amy Dalrymple , Forum News Service WILLISTON — At 31, Michelle Thomas is back living at home, but it’s not by choice. The Williston woman was forced to move in with her grandmother in Bainville, Mont., after her apartment building was sold and the new owner increased the rent. Thomas said she learned on Jan. 20 that her rent of $550 ...

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Faces of the Boom: Tribal activist monitors oil and gas development impacts

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By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service MANDAREE, N.D. – Testifying before a legislative committee, holding a picket sign and posting to a blog are not things that come naturally to Theodora Bird Bear. But the member of the Three Affiliated Tribes is so concerned about the impact of oil and gas development that she’s stepping out of her comfort zone and ...

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Faces of the Boom: Juggling jobs keeps Williston attorney busy amid boom


By: Amy Dalrymple WILLISTON, N.D. – For Williston attorney Taylor Olson, starting her law career in the Oil Patch has been a juggling act. Olson, who returned to her hometown in 2011 to practice law, serves as Williston’s city prosecutor and is one of three attorneys who work with the Williston City Commission. She recently completed a six-month stint as ...

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Faces of the Boom: Got the munchies? Call Kelli


By: Amy Dalrymple WILLISTON, N.D. – A new Williston resident who moved to North Dakota after the hair salons she owned in Chicago closed is getting ready for her new business venture to take off. Kelli Cook, a 40-year-old mother of two, recently launched Munchies Food Taxi, a restaurant delivery service that aims to fill a void in Williston. Cook ...

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Faces of the Boom: After enduring RV, family happy to have a home


By: Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service WILLISTON, N.D. – Paul and Marcia Whitcomb thought they’d be temporary North Dakotans, working in the oilfield to earn money and someday returning to Arkansas. But now the couple and their four children are permanent Williston residents, working oilfield jobs that will be around long after drilling is over and finally living in a house ...

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