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Best story of the day: A swimming sensation at the 2012 London Olympics, Bethesda's Katie Ledecky
followed her gold-medal performance in the Summer Games with a
record-smashing showing at the world championships in Barcelona this
summer. For her achievements in 2013, highlighted by winning four gold
medals and setting two world records at the FINA World Championships,
the 16-year-old Ledecky was named the U.S. Olympic Committee's
Sportswoman of the Year. Ledecky is the granddaughter of long-time
Williston resident Kathleen Hagan and the niece of Frank Keogh.
Construction at one of Williston's newest subdivisions is in high gear. The
infrastructure is in the ground at The Meadows and eight single family
homes are under construction; builders hope to break ground on at least
five more before winter weather sets in. Some
of the 104 lots feature beautiful views of the Eagle Ridge Golf Club
and Little Muddy River. The development will accept single family
Social Services is getting ready to complete a key project that will
provide another location for older adults living in Williston to call
home. The Legacy at Central Place (formerly the Williston Junior High)is expected to be
ready for occupancy at the end of 2013. The 44-unit project has
one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartmentsthat will be rented out to those
55 and older with modest income.
This is truly an incredible story: It's been a long day for Andrew Klefstad. And a long four years. At
dawn, he coaxed milk from the cows in his father Roger's barn near
Ridgeland, Wis. Then he went back to work, restoring the century-old
farmhouse that will soon become his young family's home. Now it's 11
p.m., and his wife, Tiffany, is reaching up to wrap her arms around his
neck, kissing him goodbye after a 90-mile drive from the farm to the
Amtrak depot in St. Paul. A duffel
bag slung over his shoulder, Klefstad searches for a seat. More than
54,000 passengers last year rode this 12-hour, overnight train to the
Bakken oil fields near Williston - more than doubling the passenger
volume since North Dakota's latest oil boom began.
Not dealing with dry holes -- where I have heard that before? A leading energy analyst believes the world has an endless supply of
oil. Speaking at the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association Oilfield
Trucking Convention in Dickinson, Southern Methodist University
professor Bernard Weinstein said with advances in technology, fossil
fuels may never run dry. "There are five factors that go into the
amount of oil that's available: geology, technology, price, capital and
policy. Forever is a long, long time, but producing from shale is not
like wildcatting. Shale plays are more like manufacturing plays because
you're not really dealing with dry holes. We don't really know how much
shale oil and gas is recoverable because the numbers keep going up."
In June (most recent month for international oil production data), the
three most prolific US oil fields - Permian Basin, Eagle Ford, and
Bakken - together produced more than 3.1 million bpd. To put that amount
of oil into perspective, that's almost as much oil produced throughout
all of Canada in June at 3.66 million bpd, and slightly more oil than
Iraq produced in June at 3.1 million bpd.
More trains proposed to move North Dakota oil to Washington state. With five refineries, Washington has long received crude oil from Alaska and elsewhere by ship, barges or pipelines.