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Since the oil boom, there has been countless oil workers living in man camps around Williston. People hear the stories about what they think really happens there, but few have actually stayed overnight at these locations.

Residents of the Bear Paw Lodge come home after a long day of work and check in with the front desk.

"We get busy every now and then," says Lola Williams, front desk. "Check ins. Check outs. Guys may go do laundry and forget their keys in the room. And we do a lot of making sure they are able to get back in their room. Key exchanges and stuff like that."

Williams is from Houston, Texas and has been working with the company for over nine months. She says she hasn't seen any foul play since she started working with the company.

"I haven't seen anything or heard anything negative that's been going on here," says Williams. "The guys are great. They're very respectful. You kind of get to know them because you see them every day. Basically, everybody just works."

After talking with the front desk, the guys head to their lockers where they can drop off their jackets and boots. Next, workers can walk by the store where they are greeted by the cashiers.

"I like the long hours. At first it was a little difficult, but once I got the hang of it, it wasn't so bad," says Chedra Thomas. "They started paying me of course, so that made it good."

A cashier at the man camp Chedra Thomas is from Savannah, Georgia and has been working with the company since July. She says she was a little worried about the position at first because of the amount of men, but she eventually decided to do it. After walking past the store, workers can head to the dining hall for some food.

"I grew up in restaurants. This is a lot of fun," says Daniel Dravland. "A lot more different foods you get to do instead of the same old thing every day. There's a lot of variety, so that's really nice."

A chef at the man camp Daniel Dravland has been working with the company for eight months. He says he likes his job because it is different. After the workers eat, they usually go back to their rooms and sleep until the sun comes up and it starts again.

Most of workers, I talked to work the late shifts. Dravland and Williams work overnight until the next group of workers come to replace them.

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