THE DIAMOND STATE? Everyone knows there's oil in North Dakota, but diamonds? Perhaps. It was reported last week that an international company had drilled a hole near St. Thomas in a search for diamonds. Geologists say rock formations in eastern North Dakota resemble those in diamond-producing parts of nearby Canada. The company said it was searching for kimberlites, or molten rock from ancient volcanoes where diamonds could occur. After not finding any, the company said the project was not encouraging enough to continue, although company officials said that doesn't mean they believe finding diamonds in the state is impossible. It certainly is an interesting proposition. Perhaps someday North Dakota will be known as home to diamonds as well as black gold.
ADDRESSING POSTAL PROBLEMS We're glad to see the U.S. Postal Service has taken notice of the increasing demand for its services in western North Dakota, where the ongoing oil boom has boosted populations in large and small towns alike. The Postal Service announced recently that it will "take steps to ensure that staffing, transportation, facilities and equipment are adequate to establish and maintain excellent service to customers."?That's good news for towns with growing populations, like Williston, Ray, Tioga and Watford City. The Postal Service plans to have senior level managers temporarily assigned to several locations to determine the needs of customers, and to evaluate what changes need to be made. We suspect that once the managers are on locations, they will fully realize the stress levels being put upon employees of smaller post offices, and will better understand the necessity of having postal services available.