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Photo by John Stennes/ Forum Communications Co. Larimore High School senior Mike Finn has decided to forgo college and instead move to Tioga and work in the Oil Patch. Finn said he intends to go to college in a couple of years.

Books or Boom? High wages in Oil Patch attract graduates, but colleges still have pull

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BISMARCK -- Lisa Douglas was a little shocked when her son told her what he wanted to do after high school graduation.

"But like I always told every single one of my kids, it's their choice in what they want to do," she said.


After her son Mike Finn graduates from Larimore High School today, he won't be headed for college and a dorm room.

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