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John Harju is the associate director for research at University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center.

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GRAND FORKS -- When John Harju graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1986, it was a bad time to be a geologist in the state.


"It was an absolutely dismal time, there was no work," Harju said.

But later in his career, Harju found himself in the right place at the right time.

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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.