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Amy Dalrymple / Forum News Service Lynda Knutson-Hill, pictured Thursday in Williston, N.D., left a career in education to work as an office administrator for an oilfield services company.

Oil services worker misses teaching: High cost of living in Williston prompted her to leave her Head Start job, she says


WILLISTON, N.D. — Lynda Knutson-Hill made a big career change this year — from early childhood education to the oil industry.

The Williston woman most recently worked as a Head Start teacher, but a salary of $19,000 a year became impossible in the boomtown with high living expenses.

“I used up all of my 401(k) just trying to live,” Knutson-Hill said.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.