Areavoices Digest #75 – What’s life really like in the Oil Patch?

We’ve seen the news stories and read the reports from the oil boom in Western North Dakota.  They paint a vivid picture of both the good and bad that come with an economic boom and population explosion. But what is life really like there for the people who live there now and have lived there for generations We wanted to find out. Introducing: Life in the Patch, one of the newest Areavoices blogs. It’s a community blog that allows contributors to weigh in with their stories from boomtown and beyond. If you’d like to be a contributor to this blog, just email Shane Mercer at Or if you’d like to start your own blog just let me know.

There is so much to say out in Western North Dakota. Are you the one to share it? It’s easy and we’re all waiting!

In the meantime, check out all of our recommended blogs of the week.

Life in the Patch
“Life in the Patch” is a Forum Communications blog documenting the good, the bad, the ugly and the pretty in oil-rich Western North Dakota.

Reel Quickies
Laurel is a popular movie blogger who not only reviews the latest movies (The Avengers) but gets her
readers involved through interactive movie quizzes.

Reggie Tales
Have you ever wondered about life behind the camera in a TV newsroom? Chris Regimbal, WDAZ-TV News
Director, takes you there in his blog.

Minnesota – More to Explore
A must-see blog for anyone visiting or living in Minnesota.

Ag at Large by Mikkel Pates
Mikkel Pates is a highly respected and longtime agricultural journalist.
His blog adds depth and details to the stories he writes for Ag Week and The Grand Forks Herald.