Gold Rush - Dakota Fred

Maybe already a discussion on it. Does anyone personally know Fred Hurt? Is he a minot area native? Just curious

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Do not know him but he seems like an ass on the show.

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I do not personally know him, but yes he is from Minot.

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hopeandchangethis Said:
Do not know him but he seems like an ass on the show.

I think that is just the show making him look like that.  This show is highly scripted. For example the electrical board issue, it did not belong to him so why should he sell it.  The show makes him look like the bad guy.  He tried calling the owner 3 times and he said No, so not much he can do.  Parker is just a whiner.

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He seems to have a little "twang" to his voice that makes me suspect that he's not born and raised in ND. Maybe from Minot but not originally.

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Don't know the guy from Minot, but was up in Haines, AK this summer.  I like how the show portrays the Schnabel mine as barely gettin by.   They own one of the biggest construction companies up there and do very well.  The show just dramatises  the reality.

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I've met him a few times. He is a nice guy

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hopeandchangethis Said:
Do not know him but he seems like an ass on the show.

I think that is just the show making him look like that.  This show is highly scripted. For example the electrical board issue, it did not belong to him so why should he sell it.  The show makes him look like the bad guy.  He tried calling the owner 3 times and he said No, so not much he can do.  Parker is just a whiner.

Wasnt it his partner Paul Behm ( power fuels)  that owned the board.  Its a whynot minot thing -- whynot sell it for big bucks vs. chump change.

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 The Hoffmans are pure putz.  The incompetance bothers me.

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"Well done is better than well said."

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SHORTHAIRSRUS Said:

snowgoosehunter09 Said:
 

hopeandchangethis Said:
Do not know him but he seems like an ass on the show.

I think that is just the show making him look like that.  This show is highly scripted. For example the electrical board issue, it did not belong to him so why should he sell it.  The show makes him look like the bad guy.  He tried calling the owner 3 times and he said No, so not much he can do.  Parker is just a whiner.

Wasnt it his partner Paul Behm ( power fuels)  that owned the board.  Its a whynot minot thing -- whynot sell it for big bucks vs. chump change.

Freddy ---adds character to the spot

paul behm owns behms truck stop as well as numerous other things.  I think he and another guy starter power fuels but later sold it to ferrell transport.  then his original partner bought it back from ferrell.  then has grown the company to an enormous size.  just sold a big portion to a national company for an insane amount of money.  quite a story actually

 

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 Eye, power fuels was bought by Heckman.

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach

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Saw him in Hobby Lobby once.  He picked up some glittery pinecones then called me a jackass.  I don't know, I was in a rush to get some purple mylar.

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svnmag Said:
Saw him in Hobby Lobby once.  He picked up some glittery pinecones then called me a jackass.  I don't know, I was in a rush to get some purple mylar.

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I ran into him at Walmart just a week or two ago and struck up a conversation with him.  He was very cordial and said the show is pretty scripted, but couldn't say too much due to non-disclosure type agreements.  He had a big smile and did not act like a big deal.  I would say he must be a decent fellow.

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 Eye, power fuels was bought by Heckman.

yep that's it

 

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svnmag Said:
Saw him in Hobby Lobby once.  He picked up some glittery pinecones then called me a jackass.  I don't know, I was in a rush to get some purple mylar.

Now that made me laugh lol!!

 

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Dakota Fred visits students at Longfellow Elementary School

December 4, 2012
By ANDREA JOHNSON - Staff Writer (ajohnson@minotdailynews.com) , Minot Daily News

"There's gold in them thar hills" ... and everywhere else.

"Gold is where you find it," said Fred Hurt, AKA "Dakota Fred" on the Discovery Channel's Gold Rush: Alaska reality show and a Minot resident. "Gold is everywhere on the earth. Right now we're (digging for it) in Alaska." Hurt spoke to children at Longfellow Elementary about the life of a gold digger and filming the cable reality show, which airs on Friday nights.

Hurt began working in construction in the late 1960s, working as a commercial diver in the Gulf of Mexico. He learned underwater construction, demolition and salvage, which he now applies to gold mining. He retired in 2004 after 25 years of running his own construction company and took up gold mining in Alaska, according to his bio. He lived in Texas and Louisiana and moved to Minot nine years ago because his wife has family here.

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Fred Hurt, a regular on the Discovery Channel program “Gold Rush”, speaks to children at Longfellow Elementary on Monday.
 

 

He mined unsuccessfully for a few seasons at Porcupine and Caribou Creek in Alaska, then moved on to claims in Nevada, Wyoming and Montana. In 2008 he went back to Little Squaw Lake in Alaska at the Arctic Circle and helped design, build and operate a gold processing plant. He and his team mined 600 ounces of gold there, a feat that drew oohs and ahs from the kids.

"One teaspoon of gold is worth $1,700," said Hurt."It takes very little gold to add up to a lot of money."

This season, according to the bio on the Discovery website, he is the new boss at Porcupine Creek and can mine things his way, but he's also responsible for making it pay off.

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Hurt said he makes a comfortable living, but he mostly does it for the adventure.

"It's a big treasure hunt," he said. "It's exciting, it's fun."

Hurt told the children that gold mining is no more dangerous than construction was and he has never had an accident on the site. The most he's had happen is a cut finger.

One of Hurt's children is on the show with him and calls him "Fred" because he didn't want to call him "Dad" when they worked together on a construction site when the son was a teenager, said Hurt.

Hurt said he gets recognized everywhere he goes because the cable show is popular worldwide. He has been recognized by people he meets in airports from places like South Africa and the former Soviet Union as well as from the United States. The cable program is one of the most popular on TV. But Hurt said he has not let his fame go to his head.

Hurt said the episodes that are airing now were filmed from late April to September this year. He just returned from Portland, Ore., where the TV show filmed follow-up interviews that will be aired during the show.

Hurt told the kids that everything surrounding them has something to do with mining, from the lights that are powered by coal or uranium or iron to the plastics that contain petroleum oil to the computers and smart phones they use every day.

"If you cannot grow it, you have to mine it," he said.

Hurt says he wants to keep mining gold for the rest of his life.

"I always have a smile on my face because I love what I do," he said.

 

 

 

 

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I like his shoes

 

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Speaking of his shoes.... You notice he got out and did something with life. A lot of people would be collecting disability with that type of problem. For that, he has my respect.



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Captain Ahab Said:
 The Hoffmans are pure putz.  The incompetance bothers me.

I luv the show but i cant stand Todd Hoffman, what a complete idiot. He would be dangerous to have as a partner in anything because he has Dreamer Syndrome!  He speaks out of his azz EVERY time he opens his mouth "thousand ounces", "thousand ounces"!!!!

Yeah, lets back a stupid statement with a history of failure. IF? the Hoffman crew strikes gold this year it is purely a fluke. Two years ago they meet with a guy who is incredibly successful at mining gold. this guy tells the Hoffman crew, "never mine a claim unless you find proof of good gold. meaning, drill test holes and pan them. If you find gold determine the depth etc.. and go get it. otherwise, move on". they walk out of that room and start pushing thousands of yards of mud, never a heard a word the guy said. Clown act!!!!

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Met Him at Bismarck's Ag show this year. He came to my booth twice signing autographs and taking pictures. I talked to him for about twenty minutes and thought he was easy to talk to and really nice. Think its all about ratings for the show.

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Met Him at Bismarck's Ag show this year. He came to my booth twice signing autographs and taking pictures. I talked to him for about twenty minutes and thought he was easy to talk to and really nice. Think its all about ratings for the show.

 Finally someone gets it.  This show gets more and more scripted every episode, its getting hard to watch.  Although it is not as scripted as Jungle Gold, it is impossible to watch that show.

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Hoytpuller1 Said:
Met Him at Bismarck's Ag show this year. He came to my booth twice signing autographs and taking pictures. I talked to him for about twenty minutes and thought he was easy to talk to and really nice. Think its all about ratings for the show.

 Finally someone gets it.  This show gets more and more scripted every episode, its getting hard to watch.  Although it is not as scripted as Jungle Gold, it is impossible to watch that show.

On side note I love your avitar picture you got me beat you win, how cares about FRED.

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wall-eyes - you have my all time favorite avatar...... seriously

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wall-eyes - you have my all time favorite avatar...... seriously

I cant even spell looking at gooses picture should be who not how, mind must be some where else me like BOO$ies.

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I can say my avatar is real, but I would love it if it was made of silicone to!