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FNS Photo by Amy Dalrymple Raymond “Maggie” Magnuson, who worked on North Dakota’s first producing oil well, the Clarence Iverson No. 1, looks at historic photos on Wednesday in Tioga.

FOTB: Working on North Dakota’s first oil well: Tioga man recalls novelty, dangers of industry

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TIOGA — In 1950, northwest North Dakota farmer Raymond Magnuson decided to try working for an oil drilling crew to supplement his income.

“Rent was high-priced, $25 a month in Ray,” said 87-year-old Magnuson of Tioga, known to his friends and family as Maggie.

He began his oilfield career on the well that put North Dakota on the map as an oil-producing state: the Clarence Iverson No. 1 well, the state’s first successful oil well.

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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.

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