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Carlos Guerrero, Nevada, drills tight a door on a home being built in Gladstone on Friday morning. BP Construction owner Tyler Mason, Dickinson, will live with his family in the six-bedroom home. The home is one of four new homes on the west side of Gladstone. Gladstone is among cities in western North Dakota seeing an unprecedented housing boom that came along with an oil boom. Williston and Williams County building departments have had to increase staff to keep up with intense construction.

Pace of construction in Oil Patch quickens: Officials in Williston, Dickinson keeping up with demand

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WILLISTON -- When the Williston Building Department receives a delivery of new plans to review, they joke with the delivery driver to take them back.


The department is trying to keep up as it's on track to break last year's record of 929 building permits totaling nearly $358 million.

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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.