Category Archives: Features

New technology to safeguard pipeline industry

By Melanie Franner A new intelligent coating system has the potential to significantly increase the safety of oil and gas pipelines – along with critical areas of other metallic structures. The brainchild of North Dakota State University (NDSU) associate professor of mechanical engineering Dr. Fardad Azarmi and NDSU assistant professor…

Declining crew camp bed cause Capital Lodge to close its doors

By Amanda Lefley The intent behind building Capital Lodge, temporary housing for oil industry workers located on 72 acres within Williams County, North Dakota, was to construct a superior type of crew lodge facility that exceeded the conditions of traditional man camps, according to CEO Mike Boudreaux. In 2010 the…

With oil success, there’s still a need

By Emily Dalzell In Highway Headin’ South, Dolly Parton sings about North Dakota getting the best years of her life. Undoubtedly, people from across our state would heartily nod their heads in agreement, that North Dakota truly provides a wonderful place to live. Life for many, however, has changed dramatically…

Changes to oil tax distribution formula: More money for local government

By Melanie Franner The 30/70 percent split of the oil tax revenue to the local government versus state may not have turned out to be exactly what oil-patch communities were looking for, but it’s a step – at least – in the right direction. The North Dakota State Legislature endorsed…

The new domestic war: A veteran’s fight for basic human needs

Kenneth “Steve” McQueen spent eight years, one month and 28 days in the Marine Corps, working in mortars tech, avionics, offshore medical services, and even as a game warden on base. He never imagined, however, that following his service he would become one of 49,933 homeless veterans living in the…

Not all that glitters is gold: Black Gold Boom

By Amanda Lefley Photos courtesy of Todd Melby. One of the most famous economic events created from Mother Nature that ensued a ‘boom’ of opportunity and job creation was the California Gold Rush. Dating back to 1848, gold was first discovered in Coloma. In today’s era, another boom is happening….