Re: ND Landscape
Ruthie, I've been thru Tioga. Our house was in Crosby. You are correct, outside of the oil sites it is still gorgeous, though I do not believe it will stay that way. We currently live (and grew up) in NJ. Inflation here is ridiculous. The same will happen to ND, even the areas outside of the oil fields. The health issues are more than scary, and again, as you had mentioned, the infrastructure to withstand this boom has not been set. We follow the news as our hearts still long to be out west. Our goal is to live a simple life, in a small town surrounded by nature, to live well within our means, and to enjoy the things we love most (art, hunting, etc.) Because we are young, we realized it would be foolish to invest our lives in an area that won't harbor that sort of lifestyle, come another 10, even 5 years (or less) from now.
I am not sure how much Bismarck has been effected, or if there is drilling going on close to there. I am sure the oil industry has claimed some of your workforce. I hope things are well where you are located.