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WATFORD CITY -- Jessie Veeder has a story for every hill and tree on her family's ranch on the edge of North Dakota's Badlands.

Now the land that's been in her family for nearly 100 years has an oil well, three pipelines and other signs of oil development Jessie doesn't recognize.


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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.