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Press Photo by Lisa Anne Call Gerry Nelson, a landman from Mountrail County, researches mineral ownership in the vault of the Recorder's Office at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson in September.

Oil production brings landmen into county recorder's offices

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As area oil activity ramps up so does the number of bodies in the Recorder's Office at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson, but it isn't additional employees -- it is additional landmen.

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Men and women, employed as "landmen," are scattering courthouses across the state, hired to sift through years of records in an effort to find who owns prospective oil mineral rights.

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