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J.T. Dietrich, Fargo, Published May 03 2013

Letter: Bakken oil helps valley economy

I could not help but notice the article a few weeks back that North Dakota has approached the $1 billion mark for the Legacy Fund. That’s a lot of money for any state, business, or entity to put aside. It’s even more impressive when you consider the state has lived within its means and paid all its bills.

It hits home for me because I live in Fargo and work within the Bakken’s oil and gas industry. Having worked closely with engineering and construction companies for the past five years, I have seen the Bakken allow these industries to grow, create jobs and offer new opportunities for young businesspeople like me to make a difference and contribute.

As production out west increases, I hope the state continues to save money and create new jobs, and I also hope the far eastern part of the state, particularly Grand Forks and Fargo, recognize the significant impact the Bakken makes within the Red River Valley.