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Eric Bergeson: Oil boom not all sunshine & roses


The oil boom hit Casselton, N.D., last week in a big way.

With a couple of big booms, the myth that crude oil which moves through our towns on long trains won’t explode went up in smoke.

If an oil train derailed in a major city, the consequences could be dire.

Other myths deserve to be exploded as well.

One is that this oil boom will burn itself out and things will eventually return to sleepy normal on the Upper Great Plains.

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Eric Bergeson

Eric Bergeson is the third generation owner of Bergeson Nursery in Fertile, Minn., a business started by his grandfather in 1937. He also writes a weekly column for several newspapers in northwestern Minnesota. He has published four books, including most recently Pirates on the Prairie, which the Minneapolis Tribune called "a Minnesota cultural and historical treasure." You can read more from Eric at his website, The Country Scribe