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In Pursuit Of The American Dream - 19 Mar 2015 
Like so many before them, Terra Green, Jeff Williamson and Bazileo Hernandez came to North Dakota's oil country seeking a better life. They just came too late. Itinerant, unskilled workers could as recently as last spring show up in the No. 2 U.S. oil producing state and vie for salaries north of $100,000 per year with guaranteed housing. The steep drop in oil prices has changed that. After trying unsuccessfully for over a month to find work, the friends decided to leave Williston. 
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March 19, 2015 
Bazileo Hernandez (L) and Jeff Williamson walk past a Home of Economy store along U.S. Route 85 while... 
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Bazileo Hernandez (L) and Jeff Williamson walk past a Home of Economy store along U.S. Route 85 while searching for jobs in Williston, North Dakota January 23, 2015. Home of Economy is a regional chain selling work clothing and boots to oilfield workers, among other things. Like so many before them, Terra Green, Jeff Williamson and Bazileo Hernandez came to North Dakota's oil country seeking a better life. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Jeff Williamson (R) and Bazileo Hernandez smoke cigarettes outside the Salvation Army office in Williston,... 
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Jeff Williamson (R) and Bazileo Hernandez smoke cigarettes outside the Salvation Army office in Williston, North Dakota, on January 13, 2015. The group hoped to get help finding a place to stay for the night. They had arrived in Williston that morning in search of work in the Bakken oil field. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Terra Green (L), Jeff Williamson (C) and Bazileo Hernandez wait to talk to a social worker in hopes of... 
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Terra Green (L), Jeff Williamson (C) and Bazileo Hernandez wait to talk to a social worker in hopes of getting help finding a place to stay for the night at the Salvation Army office in Williston, North Dakota on January 13, 2015. After trying unsuccessfully for over a month to find work, the friends decided to leave Williston. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Terra Green receives vouchers for food and clothing from social worker Pat Montgomery at the Salvation... 
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Terra Green receives vouchers for food and clothing from social worker Pat Montgomery at the Salvation Army office in Williston, North Dakota, January 13, 2015. Montgomery was unable to help Green and her friends find a place to stay that night. Itinerant, unskilled workers could as recently as last spring show up in the No. 2 U.S. oil producing state and vie for salaries north of $100,000 per year with guaranteed housing. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Jeff Williamson (L) and Terra Green search for coats in a Salvation Army store in Williston, North Dakota... 
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Jeff Williamson (L) and Terra Green search for coats in a Salvation Army store in Williston, North Dakota January 13, 2015. The Salvation Army gave them clothing and food vouchers since they did not have enough to weather the frigid North Dakota winter. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Terra Green waits to get registered with a Command Center staffing agency in hopes of finding work in... 
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Terra Green waits to get registered with a Command Center staffing agency in hopes of finding work in Williston, North Dakota, January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Terra Green sits outside a staffing agency in Williston, North Dakota, January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew... 
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Terra Green sits outside a staffing agency in Williston, North Dakota, January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Bazileo Hernandez (L), Jeff Williamson (C), and Terra Green walk through Williston, North Dakota January... 
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Bazileo Hernandez (L), Jeff Williamson (C), and Terra Green walk through Williston, North Dakota January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Jeff Williamson (R) and Bazileo Hernandez rest in an RV parked on the streets of Williston, North Dakota... 
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Jeff Williamson (R) and Bazileo Hernandez rest in an RV parked on the streets of Williston, North Dakota January 13, 2015. Williamson and his friends asked a man they met at a staffing agency if they could spend the night in his vehicle. The man agreed to help them for the night. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Bazileo Hernandez looks at his mobile phone in an RV parked on the streets of Williston, North Dakota... 
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Bazileo Hernandez looks at his mobile phone in an RV parked on the streets of Williston, North Dakota January 13, 2015. A man offered to let Hernandez and his friends stay in the vehicle with him overnight since temperatures outside were below zero. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Bazileo Hernandez (L) and his friend Jeff Williamson leave an RV they are staying in, in Williston, North... 
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Bazileo Hernandez (L) and his friend Jeff Williamson leave an RV they are staying in, in Williston, North Dakota January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Bazileo Hernandez eats a hotdog outside a corner store in Williston, North Dakota January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew... 
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Bazileo Hernandez eats a hotdog outside a corner store in Williston, North Dakota January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Bazileo Hernandez (R) fills out a job application at a motel while searching for jobs in Williston, North... 
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Bazileo Hernandez (R) fills out a job application at a motel while searching for jobs in Williston, North Dakota January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Jeff Williamson reads a newspaper while he waits for a friend to complete a job application at a motel,... 
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Jeff Williamson reads a newspaper while he waits for a friend to complete a job application at a motel, as the pair searched for jobs, in Williston, North Dakota January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Bazileo Hernandez (R) talks to a recruiter at a hiring event hosted at a local hotel by the oilfield... 
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Bazileo Hernandez (R) talks to a recruiter at a hiring event hosted at a local hotel by the oilfield services company RockWater Energy Solutions in Williston, North Dakota January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Jeff Williamson calls a potential employer to ask about jobs in Williston, North Dakota January 23, 2015.... 
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Jeff Williamson calls a potential employer to ask about jobs in Williston, North Dakota January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Bazileo Hernandez lies on a bed next to a checklist of potential employers and plays with a lighter shaped... 
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Bazileo Hernandez lies on a bed next to a checklist of potential employers and plays with a lighter shaped like a gun at a house where the group stayed for several days in Williston, North Dakota January 22, 2015. They met their host, a truck driver, at a Salvation Army church dinner, and he agreed to let the group stay in his house while they got on their feet. The man's landlord later said the group had to leave. A week after arriving in Williston from California, Hernandez and his friends were still looking for steady work. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
A bail bond company's advertisement, printed to look like hundred-dollar bills, sits on a table in a... 
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A bail bond company's advertisement, printed to look like hundred-dollar bills, sits on a table in a house in Williston, North Dakota January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Terra Green folds laundry while preparing to leave a house where the group stayed for several days in... 
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Terra Green folds laundry while preparing to leave a house where the group stayed for several days in Williston, North Dakota January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Terra Green smokes a cigarette on the roof of a house in Williston, North Dakota January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew... 
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Terra Green smokes a cigarette on the roof of a house in Williston, North Dakota January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Terra Green (L) exchanges marriage vows with Jeff Williamson (R) in front of a judge at the Williams... 
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Terra Green (L) exchanges marriage vows with Jeff Williamson (R) in front of a judge at the Williams County courthouse in Williston, North Dakota February 6, 2015. Later the same day, Green took a bus back to Oregon, where she is from. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Terra Green (R) and Jeff Williamson (L) kiss after being married at the Williams County courthouse in... 
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Terra Green (R) and Jeff Williamson (L) kiss after being married at the Williams County courthouse in Williston, North Dakota February 6, 2015. After trying unsuccessfully for over a month to find work, the friends decided to leave Williston. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Shortly after getting married, Terra Green (C) and Jeff Williamson (L) sit inside the train and bus station... 
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Shortly after getting married, Terra Green (C) and Jeff Williamson (L) sit inside the train and bus station in Williston, North Dakota February 6, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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Shortly after getting married to Jeff Williamson, Terra Green holds a voucher for a bus ticket from a... 
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Shortly after getting married to Jeff Williamson, Terra Green holds a voucher for a bus ticket from a social worker at the Salvation Army office in Williston, North Dakota February 6, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Terra Green (L) and Jeff Williamson (R) kiss before Green boards a bus outside the station in Williston,... 
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Terra Green (L) and Jeff Williamson (R) kiss before Green boards a bus outside the station in Williston, North Dakota, on February 6, 2015. Married to Williamson earlier the same day, Green returned to Oregon, where she is from. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Terra Green (L) talks with her sister, Deanna Rapisura in the kitchen of her apartment in The Dalles,... 
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Terra Green (L) talks with her sister, Deanna Rapisura in the kitchen of her apartment in The Dalles, Oregon, March 6, 2015. After trying unsuccessfully for over a month to find work in Williston, North Dakota, Green and her husband, Jeff Williamson returned to her hometown, The Dalles. They later split up. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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March 19, 2015 
Jeff Williamson (R) takes a break from yard work while staying with a friend in The Dalles, Oregon, March... 
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Jeff Williamson (R) takes a break from yard work while staying with a friend in The Dalles, Oregon, March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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The Columbia River flows past The Dalles, Oregon March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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The Columbia River flows past The Dalles, Oregon March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen 
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