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Williston Mayor Ward Koeser is excited about what the community will look like in a few years after the city has caught up with the rapid growth spurred by the oil boom. ÒI see a light at the end of this tunnel, and itÕs a pretty nice light," Koeser said.

'Strength and stability'; Williston's longtime mayor deals with city's growth all the while dealing with his health challenges

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WILLISTON -- Two years ago, Williston Mayor Ward Koeser was ready to step down after 16 years and let someone younger take the office.


But supporters who saw the beginnings of North Dakota's oil boom -- with Williston as its epicenter -- convinced him to run again.

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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.