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Rancher Dallas Moore of Blaisdell has a large gravel mine on his property. The material is in high demand in northwest North Dakota for building roads and infrastructure, as well as for oil well pads.

FOTB: Rock in the Bakken: Rancher's rocky land suddenly finds value

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BLAISDELL -- Dallas Moore doesn't have oil wells on his ranch, but that doesn't mean his land isn't rich.

His property along U.S. Highway 2 just east of Stanley has a 120-acre gravel mine providing materials for road work and construction projects in northwest North Dakota.


Moore's land has too much gravel to be suitable for farming, but now that rock is a hot commodity.

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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.