In North Dakota, making ribs for roughnecks

The North Dakota oil fields draw workers from across the U.S. Oscar Everetts left his home state of Arkansas to cook ribs for oil workers.

The original caption incorrectly identified a roughneck, Tait Salzer. He is on the right in the photo. Working an oil rig in North Dakota's oil fields is a strenuous life. Tait Salzer, right, left a cattle ranch in South Dakota to try roughnecking.

North Dakota's the land of opportunity for people looking for jobs in the oil and gas industry.

The fracking boom has transformed the western part of the state -- often overwhelming the small towns that dot the prairie. Todd Melby's been keeping track of the comings and goings of workers in the oil field.

Recently, he talked to a Razorback who moved there to make ribs for roughnecks, a guy named Oscar Everetts. You can take Oscar out of Arkansas, but you can't take Arkansas out of.... You know how it goes.

Todd Melby's series, "Black Gold Boom," is an initiative of Prairie Public and the Association for Independents in Radio.

About the author

Todd Melby is a North Dakota-based reporter covering the oil boom for public media project Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota.
The original caption incorrectly identified a roughneck, Tait Salzer. He is on the right in the photo. Working an oil rig in North Dakota's oil fields is a strenuous life. Tait Salzer, right, left a cattle ranch in South Dakota to try roughnecking.

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