Tait Salzer works on drilling rigs in North Dakota. Before joining the oil boom a little more than a year ago, the 21-year-old Salzer (at right in photo) labored on a South Dakota cattle ranch. An audio portrait by Todd Melby. Photo by Ben Garvin.
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Billionaire Harold Hamm isn’t the only Hamm in town. Phil Hamm’s got something to say about the boom too.
“I grew up on this place,” she says. “It’s pretty hard to leave.”
Take a tour of oil country with photographer Ben Garvin.
“The beers were on the verge of becoming whiskeys.”
“I wanted a fresh start so I came to North Dakota.”
A day with the busy paramedics at the Killdeer Area Ambulance Service.
“I am so madly in love with that kid. Even now.”