By Andrea Winkjer Collin, Editor, North Dakota Horizons
Yesterday, April 4, marked the anniversary of a notable event in North Dakota's history. It is the day in 1951, 59 years ago, that oil was discovered at the Clarence Iverson No. 1 well near Tioga. This made North Dakota an oil-producing state, and today it is the country's fourth largest.
Our Spring issue of North Dakota Horizons, which went in the mail last week, devotes several pages to the impact the oil industry has had on our state. Veteran writer Cecile Wehrman, from Crosby, who has covered oil development in the state since the mid-1980s, writes in the feature story how the current oil boom in the state is unlike any North Dakota has seen in the past.
The material I wrote to supplement Cecile's contribution was also very revealing. Some of what I found most interesting was how much money and resources oil companies have devoted to economically recover the oil in our state, and what an impact this is having on the economy of the North Dakota and the region.
If you are not already a subscriber to North Dakota Horizons, I encourage you to go to our website and become one today to learn more about this dynamic industry and what the future holds for our state.