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 29

Williston police still seeking answers in gunshot report

WILLISTON — Williston police can’t say with certainty that a gunshot was fired at a girl who was riding her bicycle in Williston last week.Police received a report that two men driving an older black Chevy Silverado fired a shot in the area where the 7-year-old girl was riding a bike in the 1900 block.

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 15

In North Dakota, there will be blood

Life is cheap in North Dakota, where a new study (PDF) finds that workers are being killed on the job at five times the national rate. Deaths on the job in North Dakota more than doubled from 2007 to 2012, rising from 25 to 65, as reported by Al Jazeera America’s Renee Lewis. The reasons.

May 12

North Dakota Is the Deadliest State to Work In

Fracking has done some incredible things for North Dakota: It has the fastest-growing economy and lowest unemployment in the nation, and it is second only to Texas in churning out oil. But as with any gold rush, the boom comes with a human cost for those involved—illness, injury, and fatalities. (For a firsthand view of.

May 12

Study: ND oil worker death rate 6 times US average

WILLISTON, N.D. — The country’s largest labor federation says North Dakota’s death rate in the oil, gas and mining sector was more than six times the national average in 2012. AFL-CIO says North Dakota had 104 deaths per 100,000 workers in the oil, gas and mining industry that year. The national rate for the industry.