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July 31, 2014

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'Where there is no vision, the people perish' THURSDAY July 31, 2014 115th Year Number 292 Williston, ND www.willistonherald.com 50 Cents Banking, the American State Way. www.asbt.com | Main • 774.4100 North • 774.4102 Member FDIC Williston Area ELCA Churches Sizzlin' Summer Party Sunday, August 3, Harmon Park Worship at 11:00 a.m. Food, Games, Races, Crafts, Music by The Radio Stars—the fun continues until 3:00 p.m. • Deaths • Outside • Sakakawea • Index Tourney coming The fifth annual Katie Keogh Memorial Tennis Tournament is on tap. Page A7 Clearing up High: Around 89 Low: Around 59 High Friday: Near 91 Page A5 Solveig Judith Hagan Mae Jeanette (Ja- cobson) Bilstad Hall Page A2 Levels Today 1846.3 Last Year 1836.1 Discharges Estimated Today 28,000 Yesterday 28,000 Classifi eds A8-A10 Opinion A4 Comics A6 Data A5 Obituaries A2 Sports A7 • ND rig count 193 Source: North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources. SEE EPA, PAGE A8 • Inside ONEOK building new gas plant BY ERIC KILLELEA WILLISTON HERALD ONEOK Partners LP an- nounced Wednesday it plans to invest between $606 and $785 million to build a natu- ral gas processing facility in McKenzie County. The Demicks Lake plant will process 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. It is expected to be com- pleted in the third quarter of 2016. Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined executives from the Oklahoma-based ONEOK in the announcement. "ONEOK continues to make important invest- ments in the Bakken region so that we can expand our ability to capture and pro- cess natural gas and reduce fl aring," Dalrymple said in a statement. "The state has established an ambitious goal to capture 90 percent of all natural gas within six years, and these types of investments by ONEOK and other leaders in the energy industry play a major role in meeting that goal." Company plans to construct $600 million facility in McKenzie County Rickard STEW CREW visits Europe Photos courtesy of Lauren Stone A different point of view During a visit to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, from left, Jaycob Mecham, John Melling, Gwen Holmen, Kara Burt, Alli Monson and Ash- ton Wold pose for a photo. Below, in Florence, Italy, Lauren Stone and Melani McGillivray show their excitement. BY TYLER BELL WILLISTON HERALD A group of former Rick- ard Elementary School students, their parents and teachers traveled to Europe this summer for the inaugu- ral trip of the STEW CREW, a teacher-led travel club. Lauren Stone, a sixth- grade teacher from Rickard, started STEW CREW to share her love of travel with her students. The club, the name of which stands for Students Touring to Experi- ence the World, is not affi li- ated with the district and is independently funded. "I think this was good for the kids because they have a lot more cultural aware- ness," Stone said. "It's what the biggest goal of the travel club does, to get kids out of their comfort zones." The trip defi nitely re- moved soon-to-be sixth- grader Alli Monson from her comfort zone. "I just learned that it's really different on the other side of the world," she said. "I wanted American food really bad... [Food such as] boxed mac and cheese." Stone and her crew trav- eled to Italy and Greece for 10 days. Unfortunately, none of their group spoke Italian or Greek, and the group had trouble ordering in foreign restaurants. Stone recalled one of their members ordering a latte and just getting a hot cup of milk in return. "It's very different," Monson said, "very out-of- the-box." Monson was surprised when she was given alcohol at a restaurant. She didn't Students get fi rst-hand look at different cultures BY ERIC KILLELEA WILLISTON HERALD The North Dakota Indus- trial Commission on Tues- day sent a comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying the state already has an ad- equate reporting system for disclosing chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The EPA began seeking public comment in May on what information would be reported and disclosed regarding hydraulic fractur- ing chemicals and mixtures and the approaches for obtaining the information. The EPA is also soliciting in- put on incentives and recog- nition programs that would support the development and use of safer chemicals in hydraulic fracturing. An advance notice of proposed rule-making was issued following a petition from environmental law organization Earthjustice in 2011. The public comment period ends Aug. 18. The NDIC consists of the state governor, attorney general and agriculture commissioner. State tells EPA it is doing fi ne BY ERIC KILLELEA WILLISTON HERALD The North Dakota High- way Patrol said recently it will send 13 of 15 newly graduated troopers to oil and gas counties. The 63rd Legislative Assembly appropriated $3.8 million to place addi- tional troopers on the state's roadways in western North Dakota. Six of the new troopers, who graduated last week from the Law Enforce- ment Training Academy, will be stationed in Wil- liston and two will be in Dickinson. The remaining troopers will be stationed in Watford City, New Town, Killdeer, Parshall, Minot, Rugby and Velva. "Putting more troopers in the fi eld is part of our ongoing commitment to the continued safety of our growing communities and roadways," Gov. Jack Dalrymple said in a state- ment. "These troopers will enhance our visibility and will also provide additional support for local law en- forcement agencies." The highway patrol is au- thorized 168 sworn offi cers and the department has dedicated 65 troopers to the state's 17 oil and gas coun- ties. Since 2011, the state has added 20 trooper positions to enhance the state's law enforcement in western North Dakota. "Today is an exciting day for our 15 new troop- ers and their families," said Col. Michael Gerhart, superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, in a statement. "They are starting a new challenging — yet rewarding — career. We are pleased to provide these quality profession- als to serve North Dakota citizens." The Highway Patrol held a graduation ceremony for the new troopers at the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence. The troopers entered the Law Enforcement Training Academy in January and completed 12 weeks of law enforcement training along with 10 weeks of training specifi c to highway patrol duties. They will also com- plete eight weeks of fi eld training. The state has provided funding to western North Dakota's law enforcement agencies and other emer- gency responders during the 2013-2015 biennium, accord- ing to the governor's offi ce. The funding includes: More state troopers heading to Williston SEE TROOPERS, PAGE A2 BY SARAH VOLPENHEIN FORUM NEWS SERVICE GRAND FORKS — The ex-fi ancée of Ryan Neil Anderson took the stand Wednesday in his murder trial in Grand Forks, with the prosecution scrutinizing her side of the story. The Iron River, Mich., man is ac- cused of stabbing his friend Chris- topher King, also of Iron River, to death more than a year ago at a man camp near Tioga. Anderson maintains he acted in self-defense. Rebecca Rogers, who broke off her engagement with Anderson within a month of the stabbing, confi rmed that she felt pres- sured to take sides. But she said, "My parents raised me to do right ... (and) tell the truth." North Dakota Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Byers questioned Rogers' motive for going to defense attorney Nicole Foster with her version of events three months after the stabbing instead of to law enforce- Ex-fi ancée defends murder suspect Ryan Anderson SEE MURDER, PAGE A2 SEE EUROPE, PAGE A2 SEE PLANT, PAGE A8 Williston Herald

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