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Forget Disney World, kids, let's take an oil field tour of North Dakota

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Fascination about the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota has deepened along with stories of unprecedented economic and population growth in the region. Now the curious will be able to get a firsthand look at the action surrounding the boom.

The Wahpeton Daily News, which serves Wahpeton, North Dakota and Breckenridge, Minnesota reported that World Class Tours of Wahpeton will offer a $599 three-day, two-night guided tour of the region by motor coach. The tour will come complete with hotel rooms, meals and knowledgeable speakers.

The Fargo Forum explained that the tour company typically offers vacation tours and motor coach packages to Twins games, but decided to add the Bakken package after taking numerous customer requests for an oilfield trip.

“For the impact that western North Dakota is having on our state as a whole, we’re proud to be able to put this together and show people what it is out there that’s bringing all this money to our state,” tour company owner Jake Kubela said. He previously worked in the area as an oil truck driver.

The trip is scheduled for June 3-5 and will include a tour of a crew camp and a visit to a rancher with oil development on his property, plus stops at a rail-loading terminal and an oil-receiving station for a pipeline. If the trip is successful, additional tours will be added.

The Forum added that A&B Tours of Minot offers one-day tours of the Bakken. All seven tours scheduled for the season are sold out, owner Kathy Chadwell told the newspaper. The $79 Bakken Basics guided tours include transportation, a tour of oil field hot spots, a visit to a so-called "Man Camp" and lunch.

“They sell out before we even advertise them,” Chadwell said.

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