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Photos: Rick Hyce's whimsical tribute to North Dakota oil boom

49 feet above the ground, the top of the cupola provides this bird's-eye view.
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North of Grassy Butte on U.S. Highway 85, this whimsical structure will be a landmark long after the oil boom is over.
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Alaskan Rick Hyce said the building cost more than conventional construction, but its longevity is worth it.
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Hyce says the third floor of the roundhouse at the Delta Constructors' location north of Grassy Butte will be a gathering room and clubhouse for the local community and workers.
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Lauren Donovan

Wasilla's Rick Hyce, bearded and quiet-spoken, is one of thousands of men and women who come from someplace else to this frontier of the oil patch. 

He brought his business, Delta Constructors, and oil field know-how from Wasilla, Alaska. He’d spent years on the North Slope at Prudhoe Bay before heading south for more reliable work.

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