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Black Gold Boom: Jesse Veeder

By Todd Melby

Williston, ND – About a year ago, Jessie Veeder returned to her family ranch near Watford City, North Dakota. Soon, change started to arrive. Oil wells and pipeline construction began dotting the landscape. And people from all corners of America arrived to work. So the singer/songwriter decided to write about her transformed hometown. The song is called "Boomtown." Reporter Todd Melby's portrait of Jesse Veeder is today's Black Gold Boom feature story.