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New Businesses in Noonan

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We took you to the small town of Noonan in northwestern North Dakota.

The area has made headlines for an abandoned building containing the largest illegal dumping of oil waste ever found in the state.

The town of Noonan might be small but thanks to growth from the oil boom, it now has a couple of new businesses showing the positive impact of growth in oil-rich North Dakota.

Entering the small town of Noonan you might not expect to see many businesses besides the grain elevator.

But driving into the area of around one hundred people you find a new convenience store busy with traffic, and in town, a Mexican restaurant near the Canadian border.

"If you want it spicy, let us know we'll got it for you..." says Federico Leguizaon, Owner.

The owner, actually from Argentina, originally moved here to work in the oil fields, but after seeing the opportunity, he moved his family here to start their own busineses in the service industry.

"The opportunity we saw for the hotel, restaurant and the hotel since day one we have been really busy..." says Federico Leguizaon, Owner.

They've been open since 2010, and have always wondered about an abandoned building at the entrance of town.

"We said from day one, who owns that thing, I couldn't believe it, I know the dangers, I have kids, I live here, it's hard to understand who would do that." says Leguizaon.

That thing, this building is holding the largest illegal dumping of radioactive waste ever found in the state.

Needless to say it's the talk of the town.

"After I knew what we were talking about, it wasn't shocking to know that that's never going to be a positive thing that anybody wants to hear, just laying around, instead of being disposed properly." says Marianne Wanhoff, Crosby.

You don't have to look far to find people who know the negativity that comes with the oil boom, but there is a bright side to the truck traffic and oil mess.

"I came in here, I was looking for nail help, and it was either here or Estevan!" says Wanhoff.

This salon has been open for just over a year, bringing new business to the old school.

"It's fun, lots of comments about it... we're the only ones in here right now, but generally it's a pretty good time." says Jen Brodal, Owner.

One of the owners is originally from Washington and married a local farmer.

No matter where they come from, more people are moving into the area, and into a town that business owners hope becomes known more for what it offers, than the mess out front.

"I hope it's not for that, it's a small town, hopefully it's known as good people, hopefully my restaurant!" says Leguizaon.

Along with Mexican food, they also serve food from Argentina every Tuesday.

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