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From dropout to hotshot: Washington woman turns life around in North Dakota Oil Patch

November 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

WILLISTON — When Trevis Alton met the 21-year-old woman, he saw someone who was motivated and wanted to learn.
Hanna Olson, of Enumclaw, Wash., looked at him and said, “If you want a good hotshot driver, I’m your gal,” as she held two t…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Bringing the South to Ray: Arkansas man open ‘BBQ bus’ in small ND town

October 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

RAY — What’s yellow and black, has six tires and a custom-built smoker?
It’s Tim Oldham’s school bus-turned-food truck in which he rustles up Southern-style barbecue seven days a week on the outskirts of the small town of Ray in North Dakota…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Bringing the South to Ray: Arkansas man open ‘BBQ bus’ in small ND town

October 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

RAY — What’s yellow and black, has six tires and a custom-built smoker?
It’s Tim Oldham’s school bus-turned-food truck in which he rustles up Southern-style barbecue seven days a week on the outskirts of the small town of Ray in North Dakota…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Williston native goes from square bales to drill bits: Mischke works his way to the top

October 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

WILLISTON — Western North Dakota’s energy boom has lured workers from around the world, but for Kevin Mischke, the oilfields got him off the farm but kept him close to home.
Mischke, 39, grew up on a farm and ranch northwest of Williston, played…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Found something new to do in ND: Veteran trucker sees challenges of Oil Patch driving

September 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

WILLISTON — Darrel Harris is something of a Renaissance man.
The 62-year-old truck driver from Milton-Freewater, Ore., has worked as a teacher, commercial fisherman and for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He even managed an auto parts st…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

FOTB: No small operation: Boom keeps operating room’s chief nurse hopping

August 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

WILLISTON — The day that Sue Erling arrived in Williston in September 2010, she was surrounded by trucks.
No longer the sleepy outpost she remembered as a young girl, the native North Dakotan was fresh off a year of working as a nurse in Fairbanks…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

FOTB: Visiting doctor still makes house calls

August 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

TRENTON — Eighty-nine-year-old Dr. Frederick Gross still makes house calls.
Frederick is back for a second six-month stint providing medical care at the Trenton Community Clinic, about 15 miles from Williston in northwest North Dakota.
He and wif…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

FOTB: The ‘wanderer:’ Adventure, solitude rewarding for Anderson

July 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

WILLISTON — Anneli Anderson recalls the last time she said goodbye to her older brother, Evan.
He had traveled home to Cokato, Minn., in the late summer of 2011 to take a break from his job in the North Dakota oilfields.
“I was sneaking out (of…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

FOTB: The school of fish: Teacher and fishing guide gives lessons on Lake Sakakawea

July 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Kathleen J. Bryan
Forum News Service
WILLISTON — Matt Liebel may be a fish whisperer.
The Watford City native started fishing before age 5, and like any savvy fish whisperer-in-training, his mantra proved prescient.
“Let’s go fishing, let continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

FOTB: In McKenzie Co., emergencies require double duty

May 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

WATFORD CITY — In her first three weeks on the job, the new McKenzie County emergency manager visited the National Weather Service, held a Skywarn training course and met with the Red Cross.
Karolin Rockvoy didn’t expect to apply what she learne…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com