The Bakken formation, which lies under North Dakota and Montana, could contain almost 11 billion barrels of oil. Towns like Williston, ND are exploding in population and have the lowest unemployment in the country.
Sep 26, 2011 NPR
Small town movie theaters are seeing new interest from community members who are fighting -- and volunteering -- to keep them open.
Jul 5, 2010 The New York Times
Joel Kotkin reports that the from Dallas to Des Moines and Bismark, the urban areas of the Great Plains states has seen steady growth thanks to energy, agriculture and high-tech jobs.
Jul 4, 2010 New Geography
North Dakota is undergoing a jobs boom right now, but it doesn't have the housing stock to match the new increase in workers.
Apr 21, 2010 The New York Times
A North Dakota man says he'll fight his city to keep his wind turbine.
Dec 9, 2009 The Bismarck Tribune
Recognizing a need for formal cooperation between the regions in the middle of North America, the author of this article calls for a North American Central Economic Region.
Oct 8, 2008 New Geography
<p>Eco-tourism in North Dakota? It's more likely than you may think, as conservationists, travel agents, and big landowners turn the dwindling population of the Great Plains into an asset.</p>
Jun 10, 2008 The New York Times
<p>Plans to buy up land in the Great Plains and repopulate them with pre-settlement species such as buffalo have many cattle ranchers on edge. But proponents say these species are meant to be there -- in both an economical and and ecological sense.</p>
Sep 11, 2007 Long Haul Productions
<p>The population shift from rural to urban areas is making big changes in the Great Plains. While many rural small towns are disappearing, the shift is opening new doors for business and preservation.</p>
Aug 27, 2007 USA Today
<p>Mayor Al Christianson of Washburn, North Dakota, hopes to capitalize on the burst of interest in exploiting renewable, traditional, and alternative energy resources that are abundant in the Northern Plains.</p>
Dec 4, 2006 The Wall Street Journal