Agriculture in McLean County, ND.

Agriculture in McLean County, ND.

 Brian with his harvesting equipment near Washburn, ND.

Brian with his harvesting equipment near Washburn, ND.

 Hay bales in McLean County, ND.

Hay bales in McLean County, ND.

 Flaxseed field in McLean County, ND.

Flaxseed field in McLean County, ND.

 Granaries and distant windmills, looking southwest across the Missouri River from Washburn. 

Granaries and distant windmills, looking southwest across the Missouri River from Washburn. 

 Spraying for mosquitos before the Barn Party.

Spraying for mosquitos before the Barn Party.

 Firefighters extinguish a brushfire behind the Wal-Mart in Minot, ND.

Firefighters extinguish a brushfire behind the Wal-Mart in Minot, ND.

 Ben in the hay, near Washburn, ND.

Ben in the hay, near Washburn, ND.

 Strip Mining encroaching on Birka Lutheran Church near Washburn, ND.

Strip Mining encroaching on Birka Lutheran Church near Washburn, ND.

 Strip Mining in Mercer County, ND

Strip Mining in Mercer County, ND

 Missouri River, near Lewis and Clarke landing in McLean County, ND.

Missouri River, near Lewis and Clarke landing in McLean County, ND.

 Strip Mining in McLean County, ND.

Strip Mining in McLean County, ND.

 Coal Pipeline in McLean County, ND.

Coal Pipeline in McLean County, ND.

 Coal Creek Station, a 1.2 gigawatt lignite-fired electricity plant located near Washburn–the largest in the state.

Coal Creek Station, a 1.2 gigawatt lignite-fired electricity plant located near Washburn–the largest in the state.

 Coal Creek produces over 4 million pounds of coal ash annually.

Coal Creek produces over 4 million pounds of coal ash annually.

 Friends and family gather in Turtle Lake for a Barn Party to recognize the 100th year since the barn was completed in 1916. 

Friends and family gather in Turtle Lake for a Barn Party to recognize the 100th year since the barn was completed in 1916. 

 Wally looks out on the dance floor. 

Wally looks out on the dance floor. 

 A light rain begins to fall as the party winds down.

A light rain begins to fall as the party winds down.

 Advertising for "clean burning flares" in the Bismarck International Airport, 2013. The state has since passed sweeping regulations to significantly decrease flared gas across the state. 

Advertising for "clean burning flares" in the Bismarck International Airport, 2013. The state has since passed sweeping regulations to significantly decrease flared gas across the state. 

 An oil pad with an open flare near Killdeer. 

An oil pad with an open flare near Killdeer. 

 Oil pads (orange) and fracking sites (white) dot the landscape under the stars near Killdeer. 

Oil pads (orange) and fracking sites (white) dot the landscape under the stars near Killdeer.