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New businesses, such as The Broken Brick restaurant, and developments like the one under construction along Main Street on July 30 are signs that sleepy New England is seeing a revitalization that likely wouldn't have happened without the North Dakota oil industry.

Despite being away from Bakken, New England is experiencing a resurgence

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NEW ENGLAND -- There isn't a producing oil well within 15 miles of New England.

But just like many other western North Dakota communities, the small town in northwestern Hettinger County is seeing a revitalization thanks in large part to the economic impact of the Bakken oil boom.


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Dustin Monke
Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He has been a key member of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, as well as the Press' Sweepstakes win in 2013. As the newspaper's editor, he writes a Sunday column, contributes feature stories, designs pages and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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