We've heard plenty lately of town planning on adding many more people...talks of doubling population totals and even more.
It isn't all in the middle of the Bakken however.
Take St. John for example.
Not far from the International Peace Garden, the town has always hoped, and planned for a population of about 700.
Now it sits at about half of that...but that is about to change.
140 acres on the north end of St. John is being
developed now and split into about 140 or so one acre lots for new home development.
Becky Leonard serves as the volunteer economic development director in St. John.
She says in a state where business is churning along, they are thrilled to take advantage of that and start welcoming more people to town.
(Becky Leonard - Volunteer Economic Development Dir.) "It is always a goal and now with all the economic boom that ND has and we are ready and willing to accommodate that. (LeAnn Vollmer - St. John) "This has been a three year project. The sewer, the water, and the gravel streets are in and we are just waiting for people to buy their lots and start building."
Leonard says being so close to the Turtle Mountains has been a big draw for many who have already snatched up lots to build on.