North Dakota towns cope with unexpected oil boom

01/2/2008 | NYTimes.com

Former ghost towns in North Dakota are enjoying new growth attributed to the state's current oil boom, with area motels and restaurants adjusting to the influx of workers. "It seems like God flew over this country, and a dart landed on Granddad's homestead," said resident John Warberg, who is being paid royalties for the use of his land.

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