q. why does dustin call you fred?
a. dustin began working for me at a young age and it wasn't cool to call me dad on the jobsite.
Q. what happened to your home that was flooded?
A. it was a complete loss. we settled into a nearby place shortly after the flood
q. have you always lived in north Dakota?
a. I moved there after retiring in 2004. I was born and raised in south texas and then lived in Louisiana for 35 years until retirement.
q. is dustin your only child?
a. I have four children, two daughters and two sons.
q. what is with the big boot?
a. hmmmm...which story should I use today? it was a childhood accident.
q. have you always been a miner?
a. I was a commercial diver for many years and then i was an independent contractor doing waterfront, bulkhead, dock and pile driving construction in south Louisiana. I didn't go mining until retirement in 2004.
q.do you have to reclaim the land after you are done mining?
a. yes, it is required. you must restore the land (less the gold)