Katherine Lymn, Forum News Service
BISMARCK -- A California man has reached a plea deal on charges of operating and profiting from brothels in North Dakota's Oil Patch from June 2012 to March 2014. Under the agreement, federal prosecutors and Loc Tran agreed to a sentence of no less than two years, the bottom of the guideline range for the crimes and Tran's criminal history. He would also forfeit proceeds from the brothels and serve five years of supervised release.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota senators passed two of the many human trafficking bills lawmakers are looking at this session, unanimously passing an increase in penalties for traffickers and lengthening the statute of limitations so victims have more time to report crimes by traffickers against them. Lawmakers also passed amendments -- some watering down or eliminating steps to help in the fight -- to other bills likely to get votes soon. Senate Bill 2250, carried by Sen.
This is the life of Jenny Gaines. Lured into sex trafficking at age 14, she spent 28 years in a life of prostitution. Throughout the past six months, Forum News Service has spent time getting to know Jenny. This is her story.
TIOGA, N.D. -- Ben Chorn had a good vacation in Minnesota last month, making it to a Vikings game, a hockey game in Duluth and getting engaged.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- As the energy industry brings more and more money to western North Dakota, counties and contractors are finding that when building up infrastructure to meet the demand, their dollar doesn't go as far. In pitching legislative proposals to get more money to the West, this so-called "Bakken premium" is a major selling point, said Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Thomas Sander had been working toward becoming a principal for a while. So when he got that job at Trinity High School in Dickinson last summer, he emailed some academic contacts, telling them the good news.
DICKINSON, N.D. — The extreme cold North Dakota and the rest of the country saw this week will get a mention in many oil companies’ fourth-quarter earnings reports. While likely every operator was affected, some had to lower their earnings projections while others didn’t, saying they factor extreme weather into their original predictions. Baker Hughes Inc. announced in a release Friday that in the U.S.