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Lorin Bakken walks on his family homestead Oct. 21 near the site of the Henry O. Bakken well near Tioga, N.D. The well gave the Bakken oil formation its name. Lorin, who never married, still owns the homestead and has never considered selling it. He said he didn't keep in touch with relatives who moved out of the area, so he's not aware of other surviving Bakken family descendants. Forum Communications photo by Amy Dalrymple

Famous formation named for homesteaders in N.D. with ties to Granite Falls, Minn.

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TIOGA, N.D. -- Lorin Bakken recalls it was 2007 when he began seeing his name in the newspaper and on TV frequently as the oil boom started to heat up.

Since then, his family name has become synonymous with oil and opportunity.

"I feel so honored," Lorin said in a rare interview.

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