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Thursday, May 3, 2012 n Covering the Williston Basin n Volume 2, Issue 18


S.D. seeks to prepare


for oil boom move


By CHET BROKAW Associated Press


makers decided April 23 to appoint a special committee that will study what the state must do to prepare as North Dakota’s oil boom moves south. The increase in oil and gas drilling is


PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota law-


expected to bring increased truck traffic, housing shortages, skyrocketing rents and the need for additional restaurants, truck stops and other services in western South Dakota. Sen. Ryan Maher, R-Isabel, said the


influx of oil and gas workers will require additional law enforcement, firefighting and ambulance services. And small towns in western South Dakota will be faced with demands that exceed their current water and sewer systems, he said. “I think it would serve us well to bring


all parties to discuss what could poten- tially happen up there,” Maher said. The Executive Board, a panel that


handles management and administra- tive issues for the Legislature, voted unanimously April 23 to set up a special committee to study the expected spread of oil and gas development from North Dakota’s oil patch into South Dakota. The topic finished first in a survey that asked lawmakers what special studies should be conducted before the start of next year’s legislative session. The board also agreed to set up a com- mittee to study the funding of state-run


Continued on page 10 Modern chuckwagoneers


They’re filling the oil patch with burgers, burritos and other on-the-go food


By LAUREN DONOVAN Bismarck Tribune


Joint is 35 feet of fragrant heat and siz- zling onions. On a spring day in Watford City,


folks pull up to a dirt parking lot just off U.S. Highway 85 and wait in the warm sunshine while their hand-pattied ham- burger is cooked on a hot grill and their fries are bubbled in oil to a golden crisp. In a couple of minutes, their order is


humming oil patch. Seems like every week, someone new arrives with a food trailer, plugs into an electrical outlet and starts hawking pizza, burgers or burritos from morning until night. Like the couple from Missouri who


pulled the Grub Shack into Watford City on a recent Friday, they barely got here yesterday; hard telling if they’ll be here tomorrow. They’re all hoping to cash in on North Dakota’s gold rush. Like them, Michael Campbell, owner


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handed out The Little Blue Joint win- dow. Off they go, on the road again. Hot fast food is human fuel in the


TOP: Truckers pull over in Alexander to place an order at Sweeto Burrito, which serves a secret pork and sauce burrito, among other items. Its owners designed the brand and food and hope to turn it into a franchise. BOTTOM: Chad Kuburski, of Michigan, said he and the guys from Frontier Energy Services, like the fast, flavorful food from a modern-day chuck wagon out in the oil patch.


other and a combined 20,000 calories if a person ate lunch at each and every one. The mileage is accurate; the calories pos- sibly a bloated guess. The colorful food trailers with bal-


loons, flags and come-on signs out on the highway add to the carnival atmo- sphere of the oil patch. Dennis and Alicia Inglis, who opened


of The Little Blue Joint, is a modern- day chuckwagoneer. He has one of eight food stands parked along a stretch of road starting with Jim’s Place in Dunn Center and ending at Sweeto Burrito in Alexander. It’s less than 100 miles from one to the


Squatters force


camp restrictions Housing shortage leads to camping in areas meant for recreationists — 2


the red Grub Shack food trailer — pizza, fresh fruit cobbler and more — say they left steady jobs that were going nowhere in Missouri after seeing a clip about the oil patch on television. “I said, ‘That’s where we need to be;


we should go work up there,’” Alicia In- glis said. They’re living in a tiny cabin in a nearby man camp and plan to work long, hard days and get ahead faster than


Continued on page 10 Fighting crime


in the Bakken Investigators seek


collaboration across borders to police a spike in crime — 7


Alaska’s oil tax


break stalls Governor finds no support to reduce production taxes on oil companies — 18


WATFORD CITY — The Little Blue


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