Off The Beaten Path: Boomtown | VideoCliff Naylor | 11/19/2012
More and more of the oil field truck traffic heading in and out of Watford City these days displays North Dakota license plates
Chad Scofield and his wife Jessie Veeder are just two members of a native born labor force that`s returned to their roots.
"A lot of my classmates, a lot of the people I know are able to come back and live on their family farms or come back to a community they love because there`s great work here...I`d say half of my graduating class of 45 is back in the area and loving it."
Jessie`s husband Chad also left the state during tough economic times to seek good paying employment elsewhere, now he`s back in North Dakota working in the oil industry and running cattle on the family farm.
"This is someplace I`ve always wanted to be, it`s a great life and it`s something I`m really happy about."
Jessie is a musician and a songwriter. She`s releasing a CD featuring songs about life in a boomtown.
"It`s brought people with stories from all over the country, people with heartwarming stories, with triumphant stories, it`s a song writers dream out there."
The title track of the CD is "Nothings Forever."
"To me that`s an ode to the changes that are happening on the landscape, where I grew up."
In between ranching, work, and song writing, Jessie and Chad make time to savor the benefits of being back home.
"We couldn`t ask for a whole lot more right now, everything is pretty good."
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