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Press Photo by April Baumgarten Patti Hutzenbiler, left, and Janet Lindbo get ready to help patrons Friday at the Great Plains National Bank in Belfield.

Booming in Belfield: Oil has made a lasting impact on the western Stark County city

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BELFIELD — When you start with just 800 people, an oil boom can really rock your town.

Some western North Dakota towns, like Belfield, were small enough pre-boom that every aspect of life — money, public safety, education — is affected by such great growth.

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