Campers and RV's, abandoned in the Bakken Oilfield slowdown, are parked together in a section of TJ's Salvage yard near Watford City, ND. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Discarded RVs A Nuisance For Bakken Salvage Yard

ALEXANDER, N.D. – Abandoned campers from across the Bakken line up end to end in a McKenzie County salvage yard. The RVs, some burned or damaged and others with kitchen supplies still in the cupboards, were once in demand for oil boom workers who needed housing. But as oil activity slowed and many workers left…
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Halliburton is among the oil companies advocating for some crew camps to remain open in Williston, N.D. The company's Muddy River Lodge, pictured Tuesday, March 8, 2016, is not currently in use, but Halliburton says it needs the housing as an option when oil prices improve. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Williston Wins One Crew Camp Court Case, Another Looms

WILLISTON, N.D. – A district judge ruled Wednesday in favor of the city of Williston’s ordinance that forces crew camps to close July 1, but the parties will face off in federal court on Monday in a separate case. Northwest Judicial District Judge Paul Jacobson denied a motion from Target Logistics and Lodging Solutions that…
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Apartment Developers Trying To Ride Out Oil Slump

WILLISTON, N.D. – While celebrating the grand opening of a four-story apartment and retail complex in downtown Williston, Chicago developer Nancy Kapp had a message for her banker: “There’s no way on God’s green earth you’re ever going to own this building. It’s mine,” Kapp said. Competition for renters in Williston is tough, and likely…
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Faces Of The Boom: Home-seller Likes ‘crazy Busy’ Of Williston Market

By Kathleen J. Bryan Forum News Service WILLISTON, N.D. — Three years ago, Carmel Schwab sold 134 homes in the heart of the Bakken — in just one year. After relocating to Williston in 2010 to help run Aberdeen, S.D.-based Centennial Homes’ first location in North Dakota oil country, she proved she had the muscle…
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Faces Of The Boom: Rising Rent Forces Woman To Move Back In With Family

WILLISTON, N.D. – At 31, Michelle Thomas is back living at home, but it’s not by choice. The Williston woman was forced to move in with her grandmother in Bainville, Mont., after her apartment building was sold and the new owner increased the rent. Thomas said she learned on Jan. 20 that her rent of…
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