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Lorin Bakken, pictured here Oct. 21, walks on his family homestead near the site of the Henry O. Bakken well near Tioga. The well gave the Bakken oil formation its name.

Bakken's namesake 'honored' by oil field name

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TIOGA -- Lorin Bakken recalls it was 2007 when he began seeing his name in the newspaper and on TV frequently as the oil boom started to heat up.


Since then, his family name has become synonymous with oil and opportunity.

"I feel so honored," Lorin said in a rare interview.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.