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WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- A national campaign will debut in Watford City next week to encourage men in the Oil Patch to take a stand against domestic violence. A town hall meeting called Healthy Masculinity and the Patch is set for 10 a.m.
TIOGA, N.D. -- As an intern, Maxwell Johnson is already working to make the oil boom a little easier on North Dakota residents. The University of North Dakota student is interning for Hess Corp.
DICKINSON, N.D. - Next to wedding gowns waiting for alterations, seamstress Virginia Wock has 10 bags of oilfield clothing in need of repairs. The owner of alterations business The Perfect Fit in Dickinson is in demand to alter and repair fire-resistant clothing for workers who come to North Dakota from all over the country. "I'm close to 40 states just off the top of my head," said Wock, 66. The fire-resistant coveralls that are required for oilfield workers typically come too long - sometimes as much as 12 inches, she said.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota oil production rose 1.3 percent in April, hitting another all-time high despite record cold temperatures for the month and late winter storms that caused widespread road closures. The state produced 793,249 barrels of crude per day, according to preliminary figures from the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources. Director Lynn Helms said the unseasonable weather contributed to an increase in the number of oil wells waiting for hydraulic fracturing crews.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- What is now considered oilfield waste could be reused as an affordable way to control dust on western North Dakota roads, officials said Wednesday. The North Dakota Department of Health is studying whether oilfield brine, or the saltwater that is a byproduct of producing oil wells, can safely be used to control dust on gravel roads. If dust isn't the No.
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WILLISTON, N.D. -- Tana Turcotte has figured out a way she can make sure her kids get safely to school in the Oil Patch. She volunteered to drive the school bus. The Alexander woman said intense oilfield traffic in the once-quiet town means her job as a school bus driver is not particularly fun. Turcotte has to cross U.S. Highway 85 in Alexander 10 times during her route, a drive she doesn't take lightly. "Safety is a huge risk out here driving bus," Turcotte said.
TIOGA, N.D. -- After Las Vegas chiropractor Stephen Alexander had 65 patients relocate to North Dakota, it wasn't long before his phone started ringing. The men who moved to northwest North Dakota to work in the Oil Patch struggled to find chiropractors available and called "Dr. Steve" for help. "The area's been so overrun with so many men, there's not enough practitioners up here to serve those needs," Alexander said. Alexander, 43, who practiced for 12 years as a chiropractic physician in Las Vegas, decided to develop a chiropractic rehab clinic on wheels.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- The oil boom has prompted demand for library services here to quadruple, and the Williston Community Library is changing to meet the needs of its new population. Job-seekers and oil boom workers often stand outside waiting for the Williston Community Library to open. They come to use the computers or free wireless Internet to apply for jobs online, update resumes or email loved ones back home.
RAY, N.D. -- Some say roads in the Oil Patch have potholes so big they could swallow your car. This could be true on U.S. Highway 2 in Ray, but a crew working to replace underground utilities fills the same potholes practically every day. At Ray, consolidating the heavy truck traffic on U.S.