Posts Tagged ‘north dakota’

Lisa Westberg Peters: Fractured Land

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Lisa Westberg Peters is a children’s book author who began investigating the Bakken boom after oilfield royalty checks began pouring into her mother’s mailbox. Peters’ grandfather, Oscar Westberg, purchased several parcels of farmland near Tioga, North Dakota, nearly a century ago. Today, that investment is paying big dividends.

But Peters wondered: Did Oscar buy that land as a short-term business bet or a long-term oilfield gamble?

In a conversation with Black Gold Boom’s Todd Melby, Peters discusses her book, “Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil,” and how her family’s history and North Dakota’s decades-long search for oilfield riches intersect.

Minnesota Historical Society Press, publisher of “Fractured Land”

Photo by Ben Garvin

Made possible by a grant from the North Dakota Humanities Council

Peace and Quiet

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents lived on this piece of land in McKenzie County, North Dakota. And now she does.

Years ago, when oil company representatives first knocked on her door asking for permission to drill, she welcomed them. But in the years since the boom exploded, she’s had second thoughts.

Story by Todd Melby

Photo by Ben Garvin

Made possible by a grant from the North Dakota Humanities Council

Woo Pig Sooie

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Arkansas will always be home to Oscar Everetts, but that didn’t stop him from coming to North Dakota to make ribs for roughnecks. Oscar and another friend from the Razorback state arrived in the oil patch in October and stuck it out until winter sent them back home a couple of months later. They’re back now at a makeshift stand on the side of Highway 2, just west of Ray.

Story by Todd Melby

Photos by Phillip Batta

Made possible by a grant from the North Dakota Humanities Council

Finding Homes for Boomtown Teachers

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

How does a booming small town help its teachers find affordable places to live? In Stanley, North Dakota, they’ve built a pair of apartment buildings across the street from the school. In this story, you’ll meet a trio of 24-year-old educators who share a two-bedroom apartment. Some people call them “The Triplets.” Photo and story by Laura Candler.

Teachers pictured in photo (left to right): Tom Butler, Matt Quintus and Kelly Roemmich.