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Faces of the Oil Patch | Kasha Mason

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Learn about the typical housing arrangements for oil patch workers, as Kasha Mason of Mississippi explains why she prefers the term “lodge” to “man-camp” for the housing facility she runs, because of the controversy that has surfaced surrounding the multi-unit housing facilities.

New Cargo | Steamboats on the Red

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Learn how, beginning in the late 1880s and early 1900s, the cargo transported on the steamboats changed from buffalo robes and furs to hard spring wheat, in this video from the Steamboats on the Red series. As a result, grain elevators were built along the banks of the river, and farmers were able to get their crops to market fairly quickly.

Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it’s hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of tons of freight across the border between the United States and Canada. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the two countries that exists to this day in the Interstate-29 corridor.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Eric Spaulding

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“It's about trying to make as much money as you can while you’re up here,” said trucker Eric Spaulding of Indiana. He also explains how many hours a trucker can work in a day and discusses the consequences that lack of experience can cause.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Nathan Jermison (Tioga)

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"This oil industry is running 250 miles per hour, and all the towns around us are running about 25,"explains Tioga, North Dakota, mayor Nathan Jermison. The people of Tioga once wanted to attract people to the small town, but the oil industry has brought too many too quickly, causing a strain on utilities and services.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Dennis R. Fox (Nontribal Members)

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Hear Dennis R. Fox who says, “It's not a bad thing. It’s a good thing that we’re developing the oil on the reservation, that people are benefiting from it."