Here is where the map should fold. Here is the boundary between east and west. On the Bismarck side it is eastern landscape, eastern grass, with the look and smell of eastern America. Across the Missouri on the Mandan side, it is pure west, with brown grass and water scoring and small outcrops. The two sides of the river might well be a thousand miles apart.
– John Steinbeck, Travels with Charlie in Search of America
As a new chapter in Western North Dakota’s history continues to unfold, it is impossible to not feel the frenzied pace of oil production throughout all areas of life. In spite of our growing pains, this is our home and people from all corners of the United States get to experience North Dakota for themselves. Welcome to Oil Country.
While drilling rigs might be a part of the landscape for another decade or so, Western North Dakota’s decisions today will be felt for generations to come. It’s our responsibility to ensure that, when we wake up in 5, 10 or 20 years, we’re thankful that we made every possible effort to build the community that we wanted to be a part of.