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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Thirty-two registered bidders attended a live auction Thursday, June 30, 2016, of lots owned by Halliburton in Williston, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Some See Turnout For Williston Auction As ‘Sign Of Optimism’

WILLISTON, N.D. – Bidding was competitive Thursday as auctioneers sold off 23 vacant lots owned by Halliburton in Williston. Twenty-one residential lots in Williston’s Harvest Hills neighborhood sold for between $30,000 and $40,000 each. Williams County listed the value of the residential lots as between $50,000 and $70,000 in 2015. Tom Rolfstad, Williston’s former economic…
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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, has 316 beds but would be reduced to 158 beds under a proposal to keep some temporary housing open in Williston. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Williston Crew Camps Remain In Limbo

WILLISTON, N.D. – Worker housing crew camps will continue to be in limbo in Williston, but the city’s mayor said Tuesday he hopes to have a resolution by the end of July. The Williston City Commission had set a July 1 deadline for all temporary housing facilities to close, but a federal judge issued an…
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A drilling rig, pictured Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Williston, N.D., moved into Williams County, bringing the statewide rig count to 30. Williams County, which once had as many as 48 rigs, was down to zero until this rig moved in last week. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Fracking Jobs Show Signs Of Life In Bakken

WILLISTON, N.D. – Some oilfield companies that laid off workers in the Bakken are now hiring again, particularly for jobs related to hydraulic fracturing. The Williston office of Job Service North Dakota is seeing job orders for fracking crews and other openings related to well completion, such as workover rigs and trucking, said manager Cindy…
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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

Judge’s Ruling Confuses Williston Crew Camp Legality

WILLISTON, N.D. – City leaders in Williston are trying to figure out how to respond to a judge’s ruling on crew camps that may have some unintended consequences. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled this week that Williston cannot enforce its ordinance on temporary housing until further notice, a victory for crew camp operators who…
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