May 4

Jury awards $3.5 million verdict against St. Alexius

A jury awarded $3.5 million in damages to a woman who suffered a stroke after a major artery was accidentally severed during surgery at St. Alexius Hospital. On Friday, at the end of a two-week trial in Burleigh County, a nine-person panel decided Dr. Allen Michael Booth, a thoracic and cardiac surgeon, and the hospital.

June 4

After oil, ex-ND Indian leader Tex Hall forms marijuana firm

WILLISTON, N.D. – The former chairman of a North Dakota Indian nation that controls one-third of the state’s oil Tex “Red-Tipped Arrow” Hall, who until last fall led the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation, has formed Native American Organics LLC with California-based Wright Family Organics LLC, a medical marijuana company, the companies said in.

June 3

Law enforcement organizes efforts in Bakken

More than 2,200 miles separate Williston and Culiacán, Sinaloa, but that hasn’t stopped that Mexican state’s namesake cartel from setting up shop in the Bakken, according to state and federal law enforcement officials. To combat the rise of cartels and other organized crime in the Bakken, those officials — including U.S. Attorneys Mike Cotter, of Montana, and Chris.

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.