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Donald "Guy" Widner of Montana lives in this refurbished school bus while working in North Dakota's Oil Patch. Widner is working on a construction job in Tioga, but is always looking for other work that will give him more hours and better pay.

FOTB: School bus provides home away from home


TIOGA -- For Donald Widner, home, sweet home, is a purple school bus.

The 49-year-old is chasing high-paying jobs in the Oil Patch, and his refurbished school bus is where he prefers to hang his hard hat.

"People ask if it's a party bus," said Widner, who has been sober for seven years. "I say 'No, this is the work house.'"

Widner, of St. Ignatius, Mont., bought the refurbished school bus for $500 and initially used it for camping and fishing trips.

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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.