It’s the kind of place where you can see a middle-aged woman set an original Louis Vuitton bag up on the bar of a local dive. Where the hot twin waitresses at the local diner can earn $200 in tips for a split shift and family farmers can unload the right 60 acres for close to a million bucks (the tell are the shiny new grain silos, combines and pickup trucks visible from the highway). And it’s where the new Okies can dream of a new Big Rock Candy Mountain. This is either the Badlands made good or a good time gone bad, once the next bust inevitably arrives.
And me, I’m no exception.
There's no shortage of coverage about what's going on in eastern Montana and the Dakotas, especially following the death of Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold. Unlike many of those stories, Ebner's gets into some of the grimy reality of chasing the latest American dream.