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Boomtowners: Sneak Peek

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Experience the Bakken oil boom through the eyes of the people affected by this modern-day "gold rush."

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"Boomtowners" plunges into a modern-day "gold rush" that's attracting thousands of people from all over the country to the Bakken, a region of North Dakota. An oil boom has turned the area into the epicenter of a white-hot industrial revolution, but a rise in jobs has also led to a surge in population and living costs. Experience this phenomenon first-hand through the eyes of newcomers and longtime residents trying to make a living there in this groundbreaking new docu-series about tapping into the American dream.

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  • Haley Mindt & Larysa Hurst<SPAN>Business Owner & Bookkeeper</SPAN>
  • BEN & PHOEBE MOORHEAD<SPAN>Oil Hauler & Court Reporter</SPAN>
  • HANNAH & DAN DOOLEY<SPAN>Business Owners</SPAN>
  • TONY MILLER<SPAN>Operations Specialist</SPAN>
  • SEAN & BROOKE BANKS<SPAN>Environmental Management Technician & Business Owner</SPAN>
  • HON. GREG MOHR<SPAN>Richland County Judge</SPAN>
  • SANDI BEAGLE ANGEL<SPAN>Retiree, Land Owner</SPAN>
  • Ray & Deanna Senior<SPAN>Oil Lease Operator & Project Manager</SPAN>
  • Haley Mindt & Larysa Hurst<SPAN>Business Owner & Bookkeeper</SPAN>

    Haley Mindt & Larysa HurstBusiness Owner & Bookkeeper

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    "Whatever you want, it's within your grasp. It's just, 'How hard do you want to work?'" —Haley Mindt

    Lifelong Sidney, MT, residents, Haley Mindt and her fiancee Larysa Hurst take care of each other while working to grow their new trucking company. In the Bakken, men outnumber women by a considerable margin, so Haley and Larysa would be noticeable even if they weren't a couple. "A lot of people were shocked that Larysa and I were together," says Haley, "and then it just steamed out and was done and over with."

    Business is booming in the Bakken, and trucking services, like many other oil-related industries, are in high demand. There is serious money to be made by entrepreneurs who are willing to work hard, make sacrifices, and take risks, but success is far from guaranteed. Haley recognized the financial opportunities that the Bakken oil boom presents and made the bold decision to start a trucking company with herself behind the wheel. Larysa left her job to become Haley's full-time partner, overseeing the company's finances. "I know a lot of people have come out here on a whim," says Larysa, "but it's not for everyone. You really have to have the right mindset to work here and to make it." Considering the high cost of living in Sidney, their company's significant operating expenses, and clients who may take months to pay for services rendered, Haley and Larysa may be gambling with their future, but these women are betting big on themselves.

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