Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service
WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota oil production dropped 1.7 percent in August, a time of year when production usually is on the rise. The state produced nearly 1.19 million barrels per day in August, a drop of 20,552 barrels a day from July, according to preliminary numbers from the Department of Mineral Resources. It was the first time in 12 years that North Dakota saw oil production drop in August. "It is definitely not normal. August is almost always an up month," Director Lynn Helms said Tuesday.
MINOT — Two defendants indicted in a drug trafficking ring that federal authorities announced last week also face charges of human trafficking in Ward County. Bryan Keith Davis, 48, and Regina Rose Lehman, 43, both Minot, are accused in court documents filed in North Central Judicial District Court of forcing two women to engage in prostitution between April 2014 and April 2015. Lehman and Davis are among the 29 people indicted in U.S.
BISMARCK – North Dakota oil production rose slightly in June to 1.2 million barrels per day, the second-highest production month behind only last December, the Department of Mineral Resources said...
BISMARCK — North Dakota's human trafficking laws — previously rated among the weakest in the nation — are today considered strong by a leading anti-human trafficking advocacy group. New state laws taking effect today include comprehensive changes to North Dakota's human trafficking laws, such as a "safe harbor" law that treats minors involved with commercial sex as victims and stronger penalties for traffickers. Polaris, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting modern-day slavery, last year listed North Dakota and South Dakota at the bottom of its ratings of effective
MINOT — A 22-year-old Arizona man is charged with human trafficking and other offenses after a woman reported she was held captive in a Minot hotel for a week and violently assaulted. Antoine William Dotson of Tucson is accused of forcing his girlfriend into prostitution, telling her he heard there was a lot of money to be made from North Dakota oilfield workers, court records say. Minot police arrested Dotson early Sunday after the woman called 911 from a south Minot hotel after he left the room to pay the hotel fee, the first time she'd been left alone in a week. In addition to huma
MINOT — The former superintendent of Sawyer Public Schools pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony sex charges after a judge ruled there was probable cause to support allegations of a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy. The defense attorney for Charles Soper, 50, Minot, indicated he plans to challenge a charge of human trafficking, a Class AA felony. Soper, who resigned from the Sawyer school district after his arrest, also is charged with luring minors by computer and corruption or solicitation of minors, both Class C felonies. Minot Police Detective Greg Johnson testified duri
TIOGA, N.D.—The oil on the train that derailed near Heimdal on Wednesday had a vapor pressure substantially lower than the standards in North Dakota's new oil conditioning order, a Hess Corp.
BISMARCK — A bill to reform North Dakota's oil taxes is on its way to the governor's desk, but questions remain about the implications to the state's oil tax sharing agreement with the Three Affiliated Tribes. House members voted 66-26 Friday to give final approval to what many call monumental legislation to lower the oil extraction tax and eliminate price-based tax breaks, concurring with amendments the Senate made late Thursday. House Bill 1476 lowers the oil extraction tax from 6.5 percent to 5 percent starting Jan.