North Dakota oil boom drives up costs in western Minnesota

Contractors for some jobs are hard to find and more expensive in Minnesota. That's because they can find more work to the west, where the booming oil industry is fueling fast-paced growth.
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Contractors for some jobs are hard to find and more expensive in Minnesota. That's because they can find more work to the west, where the booming oil industry is fueling fast-paced growth.

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