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Jonathan Heaton, Lehi, Utah, works as a truck driver in Stanley to support his four children, including his youngest son, age 4.

Fathers far from home: Dads work in ND to stay connected while providing for families back home


WILLISTON - Jonathan Heaton's four kids are old enough to understand that Dad has to be in North Dakota to pay the bills.

Once when the truck driver was home, his kids brought him their piggy banks to try to get him to stay in Utah.

North Dakota's Oil Patch is full of fathers working thousands of miles away from their families, some out of desperation after losing work back home.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.