From Stan Burling’s house at the end of Main Street, it’s a minute walk to downtown Hazen in central North Dakota.
The street sports a thriving business community in this town of 2,400 with amenities like a drug store, an insurance company, a Chevy car dealer.
Power plants surround Hazen, along with the coal mines that feed them.
“They support the local economy,” Burling said.
About half the residents work in the industry, or in a related job.
“They buy their vehicles here, groceries, support the local retail businesses,” he said.