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Burke Lodgein Williston, N.D. has 224 beds available. Businesses contract with the lodge for their workers.

Crew camps create temporary housing, but the future is unclear as counties and municipalities put holds and moritoriums on the units

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WILLISTON -- Some Oil Patch crew camps, with rows of dormitory rooms and cabins, are becoming larger than many North Dakota cities.

While some see the camps as an answer to the tremendous housing shortage created by the oil boom in northwest North Dakota, many communities have put the brakes on allowing new crew camps.


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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.