Some say roads in the Oil Patch have potholes so big they could swallow your car. This could be true on U.S. Highway 2 in Ray, but a crew working to replace underground utilities fills the same potholes practically every day.
Amanda Davis was struggling financially as an adjunct professor in Texas when a CNN story caught her attention.
The news story talked about how much money North Dakota has, prompting her to immediately Google “colleges in Williston.”
As a general contractor, Tony Godlewski likes to hear the sound of hammers seven days a week. But when building activity slowed in his home base of Minnesota, competition for projects became cutthroat and profit margins declined.
Jessica Taylor spent three months trying to find the right job in Williston. Instead, she found a career. On Thursday, the 28-year-old from Cincinnati was named executive director of the Williston Area Builders Association.
Farmers Myron Hanson and Troy Coons miss the rural North Dakota they used to know. That’s why they’re volunteering their time at the state Capitol this legislative session to advocate for farmers and ranchers who are being significantly affected by the oil boom.
Taranto, 69, drove taxis in Alaska for 27 years before she moved to Williston last fall to launch a new business. The demand for transportation in the Oil Patch is so strong that Taranto encouraged another female taxi driver from Alaska to follow her to North Dakota.
Jake Walters spent about half of 2012 commuting from southern California to Watford City, sleeping on the floor of an RV and video chatting with his young family back home. Being separated from his family for weeks at a time was tough, so he jumped at the chance to move his family to North Dakota and work in Watford City full time.
Newcomers to the drilling rig Jennifer Olsen supervises are surprised to see a woman sitting in the company man’s chair.
“Every time someone opens that door, they’ll say ‘Where’s the company man? Or they’ll say ‘I have the wrong trailer,’” she said.
Concordia College graduate Nicole Pomerleau knew the Williston Middle School would be a good fit for her first teaching job after meeting with recruiters at a job fair. But she was wary after hearing stories about the town in the middle of an oil boom, so Pomerleau decided to visit Williston and see the town for herself before signing a contract.
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