N.D. isn’t the Wild West

Val Fugett, Dickinson

A recent editorial ran in other North Dakota newspapers regarding crime in western North Dakota was off base.

Top experts have supported this with extensive studies that show no evidence that western crime any different than rates across the state. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem compared crime in the oil patch to that of the rest of state, while NDSU Professor Carol Archbold put to rest the idea of a new Wild West.

Personally, I am a single mother managing and living in a mobile home park in Dickinson. My tenants are neighbors and friends that I trust and my home and this region is a safe place for my family.

One cannot grasp the boom with drive-through tours on random afternoons. What can be readily seen is only the cover of this book. The rise in non-traditional housing might be out of the norm for most onlookers, but by leaving the highway, you’ll find a strong sense of community matched by few places. We know our neighbors well and enjoy a camaraderie rarely found in neighborhoods these days.

Thousands of people have chosen to move to this distant state with a tough climate to find opportunity for a better life. The incorrect notion of out-of-control crime dehumanizes the hard-working people helping to build our nation’s energy supply. Our strong work ethic is little different than that of the earliest pioneers in North Dakota and we are committed to creating healthy, productive lives in the communities of North Dakota.