Dan Boyce http://wkms.org en Following Oil Boom In N. Dakota: A Cultural Blooming? http://wkms.org/post/following-oil-boom-n-dakota-cultural-blooming Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.<p>This week, NPR has been reporting on the effects of the fracking boom in the area known as the Bakken. Williston, North Dakota, offers a haven for a new working class. Tens of thousands of newcomers have flocked to the oil field over the past five years. The region is flush with high-paying, low-scaled work. It's bringing a lot of economic development, and some are hoping it can bring cultural development too. Sun, 02 Feb 2014 23:42:00 +0000 Dan Boyce 38441 at http://wkms.org Montana's State-Run Free Clinic Sees Early Success http://wkms.org/post/montanas-state-run-free-clinic-sees-early-success A year ago, Montana opened the nation's first clinic for free primary healthcare services to its state government employees. The Helena, Mont., clinic was pitched as a way to improve overall employee health, but the idea has faced its fair share of political opposition.<p>A year later, the state says the clinic is already saving money.<p>Pamela Weitz, a 61-year-old state library technician, was skeptical about the place at first.<p>"I thought it was just the goofiest idea, but you know, it's really good," she says. In the last year, she's been there for checkups, blood tests and flu shots. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:52:00 +0000 Dan Boyce 33521 at http://wkms.org Montana's State-Run Free Clinic Sees Early Success