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North Dakota researchers studying ‘man camps’ in oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. — A multi-university research team is studying temporary trailer parks occupied by thousands of people across North Dakota’s oil patch. The team has been visiting “man camps” throughout the past three years in an effort to preserve their history. The researchers have been photographing and speaking with residents at about 50 to 60 camps in the region, the ...

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The top 5 Bakken stories of the week


1. MHA Nation set to drill its own wells MHA Nation tribal members on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation are celebrating their next move to oil extraction and production.  Talk about drilling their own wells brought cheers and applause at the Indigenous Nations Economic Development Summit in New Town, Tuesday. Read more 2. North Dakota oil may have issues in ...

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ND Luxury Man Camps Offer Amenities For Roughnecks

Temporary Housing in the Bakken

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Worker accommodations in North Dakota’s oil patch can be rough: men sleep in tiny trailers with boarded windows, parked cars and overcrowded apartments. The barracks-style “man camps” might imply that roughness of life, too. But for some big oil companies, as the boom matures beyond an insatiable rush for bodies and beds, a number of man ...

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Bakken Briefings


 By STEVE ANDRIST, Bismark Tribune Man camp beds moving Fewer man camp beds will be located between Tioga and Ray. Target Logistics has informed Williams County Planning and Zoning officials that it plans to move part of the operation at its Tioga Lodge to McKenzie County. The move comes in response to completion of construction operations at the Hess gas ...

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Missionaries find big challenges in N.D. oil fields


 By JOSH WOOD | Associated Press WILLISTON, N.D. — At the end of another backbreaking shift, North Dakota oil workers shuffle back to their barracks and line up in the cafeteria to refuel with plates of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and cake, trudging past fliers advertising a weekly non-denominational religious service. The grizzled men ignore the invitation from Bakken ...

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Housing demand high despite high building rates


By Jessica Holdman Despite the building of more than 3,000 apartment units over the last three years in Williston, a movement away from man camps and more families coming to the area are keeping demand high. In 2011, 25 multi-family building permits were issued for a total of 1,017 units in Williston. The value of those units totaled $124,090,369. The following ...

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