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Published December 23, 2011, 12:27 PM

Homeless Man Given One-way Bus Ticket to ND to Find Work

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A homeless man with a history of legal problems in Aspen, Colo., has been given a one-way bus ticket to western North Dakota to find work in the state's booming oil patch.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A homeless man with a history of legal problems in Aspen, Colo., has been given a one-way bus ticket to western North Dakota to find work in the state's booming oil patch.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that a homeless shelter in Aspen found a donor to pay for 32-year-old Jimmy Baldwin's $190 ticket to Williston.

Aspen Homeless Shelter director Vince Savage says Baldwin was determined to hitchhike to North Dakota to find work. But Savage says he sought a donor for a bus ticket instead.

Baldwin has had recent arrests in Aspen for trespassing, open container of alcohol, disorderly conduct and menacing.

Williston homeless shelter manager Dee Ann Grundstad says there has been an increase of people arriving in the city with no job and nowhere to live. She says the shelter in Williston already is overwhelmed with people.

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