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April 15, 2012
Minot Daily News

NO MORE RVS? Williston may soon be taking a drastic step toward regulating its booming population. The Williston City Commission approved on first reading an ordinance that would make it illegal to live in an RV in city limits. The ordinance, if approved on second reading, would make living in an RV in city limits a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine. Williston Police Chief James Lokken estimated that there are between 300 and 400 campers throughout the city. At a time when housing is at a premium, and in some western North Dakota cities virtually non-existent, Williston's action highlights the seriousness of the problem. Workers living in RVs around the city is certainly not an ideal situation, but it's also become a necessity since the ongoing oil boom and subsequent population growth have outpaced local efforts to build housing. It's unfortunate that the situation has gotten so far out of hand in Williston, but city officials there have little choice.



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