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Mike Toenjes of Somerset stays in an RV in Crosby, where he works as a truck driver in North Dakota's Oil Patch. He gets about 10 days time to go home to his wife and sons every six weeks.

FOTB: Making money, missing home

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CROSBY -- For a family man like Mike Toenjes, working 10 hours away from home is tough.

But with North Dakota's Oil Patch offering truck driving jobs with better pay, Toenjes and his family in western Wisconsin are making it work.


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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.