Former Valley City Woman Now Living in “Oil Country” Shares Her Experience of the Wild West


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N.D. ( A former Valley City woman know living in the western oil country of North Dakota says it’s been a culture shock for her now living in a community that’s full of constant truck traffic, construction and meeting people from a so many different states and countries.

Kristen Kuipers, an elementary school teacher says it’s tough for people to find a place to live once they get a job out here. But she was fortunate to have the school district provide her with a trailer to live in since moving to Tioga last August.

Kuipers bought a home in Tioga at market value instead of paying triple or quadruple the amount like so many other people have had to do in western North Dakota.

Kuipers lived in Valley City, was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and attended Valley City State University before getting the call to accept an elementary teaching position. She previously taught in Napoleon, North Dakota.

Former Valley City resident Kristen Kuipers says, "the odds are good but the goods are sometimes odd" referring to the ratio of men versus women in the western oil patch of North Dakota. Photos by Steve Urness.

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