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Oil boom family is cramped but together

Dec 5, 2012
A year after her husband moved to North Dakota's oil fields from their home in Missouri, Shannon Atwell picked up her four boys and joined him.
Posted In: Oil, North Dakota, Black Gold Boom

The oil boom: Born to be a roughneck

Dec 4, 2012
Richard Karpe had his first roughneck job at age 11, on a rig run by his stepfather. He talks about the roughneck life and its hazards.
Posted In: Oil, North Dakota, Black Gold Boom

The oil boom: Making a living off the workers

Nov 21, 2012
In any mining boom, some people are there to work in it, others are there to supply them. Need a knife in Williston, N.D.? Talk to Bobcat John.
Posted In: North Dakota, Oil, Black Gold Boom

A North Dakota oil worker: 'I miss my family'

Nov 20, 2012
The oil boom in North Dakota created tens of thousands of jobs with good wages -- in the middle of nowhere. So for workers across the U.S., the boom is an opportunity to get back on their feet, pay off debts, save some money, at a cost -- leaving their families behind.
Posted In: North Dakota, Black Gold Boom

'Fight Night' in an oil-boom town

Nov 19, 2012
North Dakota's oil boom has drawn thousands of workers to the state, overwhelming small towns. Rents are sky high. Workers live in barracks called mancamps. And there's not much to do besides work. One promoter brought martial arts fighting to town -- the Williston Basin Blowout.
Posted In: Oil, North Dakota, Black Gold Boom

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