The weather is plunging to sub-zero temperatures that many of our area's newest residents have never experienced. The upcoming temperatures are forecast to be the coldest we have had in a couple of years.
People from all over the country have been arriving to find work in North Dakota. It means there are many people living in campers. Although these photos were taken in the oil patch, there are campers in the trailer parks all over the state.
Many campers are occupied year round. The bottoms are insulated and skirted. Some have straw bales stacked around. I have seen black trash bags, which I hope are filled with leaves and not trash, piled around the base of campers.
Most campers are not meant for this, but residents have little choice. Every place is occupied.
We natives hear stories that make us shake our heads in disbelief. The doors freeze shut and folks are stuck inside. A water line broke making a huge ice build up. The solution was thought to be wait until the ice thawed. Newcomers don't realize that will be April or May. If you want water to flow sooner, heat must be carefully applied. Knowing how to do that takes experience.
It is said that money can't buy happiness, and I believe that to be true. However, money does make life easier. As soon as we can catch up, there will be better housing for all. North Dakota is not the poor state it once was. We have a surplus in our treasury and everyone who wants to work can have a job.
But remember to watch out for the newcomers when the temperatures get frigid and the North wind howls. They might not know how cold it can get up here.
God might need you to assist with the helpless and the clueless in Greater Dakota as Winter forces take them by surprise.