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FNS Photo by Amy Dalrymple Phyllis Larson, 76, pictured Saturday, wants to continue living in her hometown of Williston, but rent for her apartment is nearly $1,300 a month and she worries it may increase even more.

Faces of the Boom: After return to hometown, 76-year-old struggles to stay


WILLISTON — Phyllis Larson, 76, decided to retire for good two years ago.

But then the Williston woman got a note on her door that her rent was going up.

“I was just devastated,” said Larson, who spent her career as a health professional.

Larson, who returned from Spokane, Wash., to her hometown of Williston about 10 years ago to be closer to family, said rising rent prices in the oil boomtown have been a struggle for her.

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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.