Go Local campaign moving forward

The call for folks to “shop local” is as old as Crosby, but a new effort seeks to drive that message home to new and younger residents.

Go Local ND is the name of the latest program by Vision West ND, a consortium serving counties impacted by the oil industry. The program has set a goal of helping communities capture 10 percent of the purchases being made out of town.

Last week, Vision West brought expert Karalea Cox to Crosby for two sessions aimed at educating business people in affecting a culture change that doesn’t just accept people shopping at box stores in bigger towns or ordering merchandise by mail.

Cox challenged participants to express what they love about their community and find ways to share that message since people who feel connected to their community tend to support it — with more volunteer hours and more money spent locally.

“The communities whose residents feel the most attached . . . are the most prosperous communities,” Cox said.

-- The Journal, Crosby

Hess plans more rigs in Bakken for 2017

More rigs for the Bakken are in the 2017 Hess plan, according to company president and CEO John Hess.

“We are making initial preparations to increase drilling in the Bakken next year,” Hess said during the company’s third-quarter earnings call.

Just how many will depend on oil prices and will be a function of keeping the balance sheet strong while pursuing new revenue opportunities.

Each $1 increase in oil price will drive roughly $70 million in cash flow to these goals.

Company officials indicated there will be more definitive guidance in January on the number of new rigs for the Bakken.

Hess reported a net loss of $339 million, or $1.12 per common share for the third quarter, which compares to a net loss of $279 million or 98 cents per common share for the same quarter a year ago.

For the Bakken midstream segment, they reported net income of $13 million for the quarter, down from $16 million in the year ago quarter.

-- Williston Herald

New ambulance hall in Tioga taking shape

Tioga’s new ambulance hall started to take form late last month as the contractor erected pre-fabricated concrete walls that form the shell of the $3 million building.

Work will continue through the winter on the inside, and the hall will be ready for use late spring or early summer, said Randy Pederson, treasurer for the fire department and Tioga Ambulance Service.

Holly Grubb, squad leader for the volunteers, said the current building, which houses the fire department and EMT squad, is getting cramped.

“It’ll be wonderful to have the extra space for training,” she said.

Pederson said ambulances have gotten bigger and wider since the old fire hall was built, so the new one will have much wider bay doors.

There will be four bays for the vehicles, a meeting room, kitchen, records room and office space.

-- Tioga Tribune