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Jacobs: Comparing the Bonanza era and the Bakken boom

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The end of the year always is a time for reflection — and this year I’ve concluded that North Dakota is in a better place, economically at least, than it probably has ever been.

Except, perhaps, during the Bonanza farming period.

It’s appropriate, therefore, that the state’s governor is named Dalrymple, the same name as the fellow who established the state’s first large-scale farm, Oliver Dalrymple.

Yes, Gov. Jack Dalrymple is a direct descendent.

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