GRAND FORKS - Kenmare, N.D., oil man Bob Mau has watched the price of oil hit as low as $4.83 a barrel and as high as $150 a barrel.
But the entrepreneur managed to weather the ups and downs, going from worrying about how to pay the electricity bill to taking on a new gold-mining adventure in Alaska.
WILLISTON, N.D. – Amanda Propper was so nervous for her first date in North Dakota, she had her friends wait across the street.
“I didn’t want to go. I hadn’t dated anybody up here,” said Propper, 36, who moved from Georgia to Watford City about 1½ years ago.
WILLISTON, N.D. – Kaz Matsubara, 63, Lexington, worked in the auto industry for a company that supplied parts to Toyota, Honda and Nissan assembly plants. Every day, customers complained that the product was too expensive or wasn’t delivered quickly enough.
FARGO – Carol Rogne’s business is based in Fargo, but its growing customer base is in North Dakota’s Oil Patch. DFC Consultants, which Rogne founded in Dickinson 24 years ago, offers business software and other services.
Oil boom puts strain on ND Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents
WILLISTON, N.D. – Bob Martin borrows a quote from author J.R.R. Tolkien to describe his job as a public defender covering cases in the Oil Patch:
“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”
WILLISTON, N.D. – Two years ago, Williston Mayor Ward Koeser was ready to step down after 16 years and let someone younger take the office.
But supporters who saw the beginnings of North Dakota’s oil boom – with Williston as its epicenter – convinced him to run again.
WILLISTON, N.D. - One Friday about two years ago, Michael Sweeney had to lay off all of his employees. Sweeney managed a Williston branch of an oil and gas construction company, but the business was primarily focused on natural gas and didn’t survive.
WILLISTON, N.D. – After four nights of sleeping in a pickup in the Williston Walmart parking lot in January, Levi Steff was ready to go home.
But then the 22-year-old from western New York, who moved to the Oil Patch with his older brother, went to a local church service and heard a sermon about not giving up.
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