It took a Medal of Honor to get Obama to acknowledge North Dakota’s oil boom

“These days Clint works in the oil fields in North Dakota,” Obama said. Romesha works for KS Industries, an oil-field construction company based in Tioga.

A former U.S. Army staff sergeant now living in Minot was presented the nation’s highest military honor by President Obama Monday in a White House ceremony.

The president placed the Medal of Honor attached to a blue ribbon around Clint Romesha’s neck. Romesha’s wife, Tammy, and their children, Dessi, Gwen and Colin, watched nearby.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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