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Published April 11, 2013, 10:18 PM

New York Times journalist visits Herald, recalls start of oil boom

Tonight, a New York Times Magazine writer shared his story of traveling to North Dakota to write about the history and effects of the oil boom.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

Tonight, a New York Times Magazine writer shared his story of traveling to North Dakota to write about the history and effects of the oil boom. New York City native Chip Brown wrote the oil boom article titled "North Dakota Went Boom". Brown spoke at the Grand Forks Herald tonight, recalling the culture of the towns he visited in the state. He noted that not many people disagree with the influx of oil workers, even the towns affected by them.

Brown: "I don't think you can call it Williston anymore, you should probably come up with another name for it because everybody that lived there can barely recognize it themselves."

Brown said when he arrived in North Dakota he was surprised that people say the drilling has destroyed the beauty of western North Dakota, because he still saw it as beautiful countryside.

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