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North Dakota may be the next Paradise Lost

From: WTIP
Length: 06:41

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There are a lot of changes happening on the North Dakota landscape. The oil boom has brought new prosperity to the northern prairie, but it also comes with alterations to North Dakota’s landscape and way of life. In this edition of Points North, Shawn shares why he thinks North Dakotans are waking up to how much their state will continue changing as it becomes Ground Zero for domestic energy development.

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Shawn Perich is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio.  Each week, he shares his perspectives through Points North.

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Shawn Perich is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio.  Each week, he shares his perspectives through Points North.

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About a decade ago, North Dakota hunters, upset with increasing numbers of out-of-state duck hunters, urged the state legislature to pass new restrictions on nonresidents. Many believed they were seeing too many vehicles with Minnesota or Wisconsin license plates at their favorite hunting spots. Out on the wide-open prairie, even a few hunters can seem like a crowd.

While the ire of resident hunters was directed at out-of-staters, North Dakota’s demographics were changing, too. Growth of Fargo and, to a lesser extent, Bismarck, meant that a once-predominantly rural state was now mostly populated with city-dwellers, many of whom were not born and raised in North Dakota. Unbeknownst at the time, even bigger demographic changes loomed on the prairie horizon.

In 2009, we drove across North Dakota on U.S. Hwy 2 en route to the Rockies. We camped for the night in a Wal-Mart parking lot in...
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INTRO:

Shawn Perich is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio, who shares his perspectives on conservation and the outdoors in Northern Minnesota. In this edition of Points North, Shawn explains some of the impacts the oil boom in North Dakota is having on the northern prairie landscape and way of life.

OUTRO:

That was Shawn Perich, with WTIP North Shore Community Radio, online at wtip.org. Support for this feature comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Support for this feature comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.