April 22

Spell to be sentenced today

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A mentally disabled Colorado man was set to be sentenced Friday for the murder of a Montana teacher whose death highlighted the downsides of an oil boom that has brought thousands of newcomers to the remote Northern Plains. Prosecutors recommended 100 years in prison for Michael Keith Spell, 25, of Parachute,.

January 12

North Dakota workplace deaths examined in TV report

    WILLISTON, N.D. – Before North Dakota oil worker Dustin Payne died last fall, he sent text messages to his girlfriend about safety conditions on the worksite. “I’m literally going to be welding something that’s full of oil. … Don’t (feel) comfortable welding this at all. Dangerous as (expletive).” Payne, a 28-year-old Marine Corps.

December 31

In North Dakota, a Tale of Oil, Corruption and Death

    FORT BERTHOLD INDIAN RESERVATION, N.D. — Tex G. Hall, the three-term tribal chairman on this remote, once impoverished reservation, was the very picture of confidence as he strode to the lectern at his third Annual Bakken Oil and Gas Expo and gazed out over a stuffed, backlit mountain lion. Tall and imposing beneath.

September 23

N.D. oil boom ignites cash-spending splurge

WILLISTON, N.D. ­– The workers sometimes come in with stacks of $100 bills, their jeans and boots still covered in oil field mud as they scour the glass jewelry counter looking for clean sparkle. One oil field worker plopped down $25,000 for a diamond for his girlfriend back home. Many others settle on $1,000 necklace.

July 18

Man charged in North Dakota with masquerading as FBI agent

WILLISTON, N.D. — A convicted con man who swindled Nashville, Tennessee, businesses out of five-star hotel rooms, stretch limousine rides, helicopter rentals and expensive gifts didn’t fare quite as well during a month in the North Dakota oil patch, investigators contend. Steven Goldmann’s attempt to pass himself off as an FBI agent netted him free.

June 12

Breathalyzer selfies paint a picture of U.S. drinking habits

The first data from breathalyzer selfies – measurements of blood-alcohol content  by a new smartphone app – show that users drank the most on the weekend of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. San Francisco-based breathalyzer manufacturer BACtrack reported on Wednesday  that the highest average blood-alcohol content (BAC) from April 2013 to.

May 23

Bismarck police investigating body found

BISMARCK, N.D. — Police are investigating a body found Thursday in northwest Bismarck, but they are releasing few details. Police Lt. Dwight Offerman said the body of a white male was found at 2:35 p.m., but did not have any identification. He said it was found by workers —”I’m guessing it was a construction site.” “There’s.

May 8

Student gets 65 days in jail for campus threats

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A former University of Jamestown student has been sentenced to serve about two months in jail for threats he made on campus. Nineteen-year-old Robert Flores of Southgate, California, was accused last November of threatening to kill three students and drink their blood as part of a satanic ritual. The threats that his.

May 7

Bismarck police say bank robbery suspect in custody

A man was arrested about seven hours after a robbery at Dakota Community Bank, Bismarck police said Tuesday night. “I can confirm there is somebody in custody,” Police Sgt. Darrin Heinert said. He said the man was taken into custody about 7 p.m., but he had no other details. Earlier, Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena.

April 25

Cleanup underway in Noonan

NOONAN, N.D. — A radiation team cleaning up an illegal oil field waste dump site in Noonan found an underground cache of the material and labels that are possible evidence of companies that contributed to the mess. The cleanup was expected to take all day Wednesday, with a crew of six workers in oil-streaked suits.