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Published September 21, 2012, 08:44 PM

Bremer Banks makes a trip to Williston to see what's happening in the oil fields

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- One business excited to benefit from the trip out west is Bremer Bank in Fergus Falls. The branch is sending one of its business bankers to Williston, hoping he will find ideas to bring back home.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- One business excited to benefit from the trip out west is Bremer Bank in Fergus Falls. The branch is sending one of its business bankers to Williston, hoping he will find ideas to bring back home.

In less than a week, business banker Thad Olsen will be leaving his desk behind and traveling nearly 500 miles to get a peak at the oil patch.

Olsen: "I really don't think you can understand what's going on in the oil boom unless you see it yourself."

He is going on behalf of Bremer bank, hoping to spend his two days taking in as much as he can from the people living and working in Williston.

Olsen: "I'm going to keep my attitude, my ears, my perspective completely wide open and try and learn and see what opportunities there are."

Bremer Bank is one of six companies going along on the trip, all with the goal of coming back and sharing what they learned with the community.

Olsen: "I'd love to find a connection and that'd be a connection with need in western North Dakota that can be filled in Fergus Falls."

Connections crossing state lines, but paving the way for a thriving community in Fergus Falls.

Olsen: "This is exactly what the business network is all about, developing relationships among businesses in Fergus Falls. We're just expanding that to our friends and neighbors in North Dakota."

A network full of businesses willing to go the extra mile.

This is the groups first trip, and if it goes as planned, The Business Network Fergus Falls hopes to schedule more.

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