FOTB: Room for the whole family; Williston means jobs for parents, teens
WILLISTON -- In a town in need of workers, one family is providing five new employees.
The Livings family recently moved from Colorado to the Williston area after mom Dana Livings was hired to open Williston's new Hampton Inn as the manager.
"I enjoy opening hotels," said Dana, who has worked in the hotel business for about 20 years. "This sort of fell in my lap."
Dana, her husband, Anucha, and their sons Lairs, 18, and Laden, 15, moved to Williston from Alamosa, Colo.
Their oldest son, Lane, 22, lived about five hours away with his wife, Victoria, and their 5-year-old son, Lance, in Brighton, Colo. They decided to move to Williston also to be closer to family.
"We heard great things about the jobs and the money out here," Lane said.
Lane and Victoria worked as bankers in Colorado and were paid less than what the Williston Subway pays, Lane said.
Lane works as the front office manager for Microtel in Williston, which is a sister hotel to the Hampton Inn. Lairs, a senior in high school, works the front desk at Microtel and Anucha is the hotel's head maintenance employee.
Victoria works for U.S. Bank in Williston and recently started working a second job at the Hampton Inn.
"It's kind of like a whole family business," Lane said.
Some of the family members moved to Williston last spring, while Anucha and the teenagers joined the family after they finished the school year.
Family members temporarily stayed at the Microtel while they searched for a house. The extended family bought a four-bedroom house in Fairview, Mont., about 45 minutes away, and moved in last summer.
"With what prices are here, it's just really worked out better to have it this way," Dana said.
Lane said they plan to pay his parents rent and live in the area for a couple of years while also saving up money for their future.
One challenge for them has been a lack of day care for Lance, who just missed the cut-off for kindergarten, Victoria said. Lairs didn't need many credits to graduate high school, so he is enrolled in classes online and helps with child care.
"It's worked out very well for me and my family," Dana said. "I'm looking forward to being in Williston for a while."