The Ramada Grand Dakota Hotel in Dickinson, N.D., advertises its Extended Stay Specials on Friday, July 22, 2016. The price of a hotel room in western North Dakota has dropped by as much as 30 percent in the past year as hotels see fewer oil workers. Average hotel prices in Dickinson, Williston and Minot range from $70-$85 this summer. Hotel occupancy rates are up compared to this winter, but still far below what those cities saw during the height of the oil boom. (Dustin Monke / The Dickinson Press)

Vacancies Up, Room Rates Down For Oil Patch Hotels

DICKINSON, N.D. – The price of a hotel room in western North Dakota has dropped by as much as 30 percent in the past year as hotels see fewer oil workers. Average hotel prices in Dickinson, Williston and Minot ranged from $70 to $85 this June. Most recent occupancy rates were 43 to 55 percent,…
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‘Black Gold’ Boom Drives Demand For White Trucks

MINOT, N.D. – Mike Gietzen sells so many white pickups to the oil industry, he added the word white to his email address. North Dakota’s oil boom has meant big business for auto dealers, but staying ahead of the demand can be tricky, said the commercial sales professional for Ryan Chevrolet in Minot. “It’s crazy…
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More Oil Workers Expected In ND To Catch Up On Fracking This Summer

BISMARCK – More temporary oil workers are expected in Williston, Dickinson and Minot this summer to catch up on a backlog of wells that need hydraulic fracturing, North Dakota’s top oil and gas regulator said Monday. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, said drilling crews are outpacing well completion crews. At the…
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Congressional Leaders Visit Bakken Today

MINOT, N.D. — Rep. Kevin Cramer will host the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and other top committee leadership today in Minot. Participants include: Congressman Fred Upton, Michigan, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce Congressman Ed Whitfield, Kentucky, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power Congressman Lee…
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North Dakota Oil Patch No Wild West, Researcher Says

WILLISTON, N.D. — Police activity is busier in western North Dakota, but it’s not the Wild West, says a researcher studying the impact of the oil boom on law enforcement. Carol Archbold, a North Dakota State University criminal justice associate professor, said interviews with more than 100 officers in the Oil Patch revealed a misconception…
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