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Shortage of child care a concern in western ND


WATFORD CITY -- Nikki Darrington has her dream job, working as a soil conservationist for the National Resources Conservation Service in Watford City.

But the mother of two had to postpone her start date by two months while she waited for child care to become available, after being on the waiting list for 1 1/2 years.

The agency has another job opening and a perfect candidate, but that woman is also waiting for child care, Darrington said.

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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.