Renée Jean / Williston Herald
WILLISTON, N.D.—While the east side of North Dakota was first to report a human case of West Nile virus, the most recent statistics show the epicenter of the disease is settling in over Williams and McKenzie counties in the northwest corner of the state.. Both counties are reporting positive tests for the disease in trapped Culex tarsalis, the mosquito that can both carry and transmit West Nile virus. They are also showing the highest numbers of the West Nile mosquito. In Williams County, trap counts were 100 and in McKenzie they were 460.
WILLISTON, N.D.—Among the fine print in the repeal of the Waters of the U.S. rule passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in early June is language aimed at improving access to fishing at Lake Sakakawea.
WILLISTON, N.D.—The Permian came to call on the Bakken Thursday afternoon, May 31, and what followed was an interesting exchange of information and a lot of "me too" moments. The story of how Williston handled its boom has played out in a very public way, with many national media parachuting into the area to write stories about the community's growing pains.
WILLISTON, N.D.—The farm bill will have to wait for June, but that wasn't really a surprise to Williston-area farmer Ryan Ellis. "It seems like this always happens," he said. "The last one in 2014 I think they kicked the can down the road for two or three years. They just kept re-upping whatever the previous bill had been."
WILLISTON, N.D. — Williston snagged 2/10th of an inch of rain overnight Wednesday, May 23 — not enough to move the needle on a moderate drought that continues to have its big fat thumb pressed down on western North Dakota. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows Williams County still under a moderate drought, unchanged from last week. It's also only slightly better than the picture looked three months ago.
WILLISTON, N.D.—All of the sites area fishermen showed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday, May 23, made the short list of places the federal agency will reconsider for expanded or improved fishing access.
WILLISTON, N.D.—She works at Smiling Moose, and isn't looking for a home to buy. That's not because 22-year-old Sarah Villamore and her husband don't want to, however. It's because the Williston native has given up on finding what she and her husband can afford in the Williston market. It just doesn't exist yet. "It's difficult if you are a millenial trying to buy a home," Villamore said. "You don't want to buy the cheap, crappy ones because then you are just throwing all your money away."
WATFORD CITY, N.D. - - McKenzie County's Emergency Management Director Karolin Jappe is carrying sandbags around with her to pass out to those in the path of ice jams that are working their way down the Yellowstone River to where it joins the Missouri River in far western North Dakota near the Montana border.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Behind the Washington curtains — but in not-so-secret media-leaked fashion — senior members of the Republican party are romancing Congressman Kevin Cramer into a 2018 run for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's seat. This week, Cramer admitted he is not just flirting with that idea, but giving it serious consideration. He anticipates announcing a decision in January or February, he said Wednesday, Dec. 27, to allow people with an interest in either race to have enough lead time to make decisions themselves.
MISSOURI-YELLOWSTONE RIVER CONFLUENCE — Chairs were placed in jovial circles with fishermen hard at work on their paddlefishing gear at a camper city sprung up practically overnight at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers near the Montana-North Dakota border. Monday, May 1 marked opening day for paddlefishing season, but as it was a mandatory catch and release day, most of the hopeful fishermen were sitting in camp, making sure all their hooks, weights and poles were prepped for today, the first catch and keep day of the season.