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Joel and Leslie Schrum pose in front of their work truck. Joel Schrum, co-owner of Badlands Truck Wash, has been washing trucks since about age 8, helping his parents, truckers, who started the business in 1991 for extra money. (Press Photo by Virginia Grantier)

Cleaning up in the Bakken: Semi truck washing business keeps Dickinson’s Schrum family busy

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These days, a vast amount of trucks and other vehicles in this part of the world are the same color: It’s that sorrel-brown look. Layers and coats of it — that muck that makes a pricey semi truck look like a tall hog after a roll in the wallow.

It’s hard to avoid that in Oil Patch country, where on endless back roads the surface is glop sprinkled with dust-control agents — and that becomes almost like glue on a vehicle’s exterior, says a local truck-washing expert.

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