Great Plains (IA KS ND NE MO SD)

"As Oil Floods Plains Towns, Crime Pours In"

"SIDNEY, Mont. -- One cold morning last year, a math teacher jogging through her hometown in eastern Montana was abducted, strangled and buried in a shallow grave. Charged in her death were two drifters from Colorado, drawn to the region by the allure of easy money in the oil fields."

Source: NY Times, 12/02/2013

"In North Dakota, New Concerns Over Mixing Oil and Wheat"

"ROSS, N.D. — While three generations of the Sorenson family have made their livelihood growing wheat and other crops here, they also have learned to embrace the furious pace of North Dakota’s oil exploration. After all, oil money helped the Sorensons acquire the land and continue to farm it."

Source: NY Times, 10/18/2013


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