The Dakota Access Pipeline is pictured under construction in Williams County, N.D. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Work On Massive Pipeline Pushing Toward Oct. 31 Completion Goal

WILLISTON, N.D. – Construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline is quickly progressing in North Dakota, estimated to be 44 percent complete at the end of July. A construction progress report filed with the North Dakota Public Service Commission says the North Dakota portion is scheduled for mechanical completion by Oct. 31, which includes construction and…
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The Target Logistics facilities near Williston, N.D. accommodate more than 1,000 workers. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Williston Crew Camps Get Sept. 1 Deadline To Close

WILLISTON, N.D. – Williston crew camps will be required to close by Sept. 1 under an ordinance approved Tuesday, but operators could seek permission to reopen in the future if a demand for oil worker housing returns. The Williston City Commission voted 5-0 Tuesday to phase out temporary workforce housing, giving companies until May 1,…
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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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