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Surrey Projected to Grow

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North Dakota's growth in population is showing no signs of slowing down as it makes it's way east from oil country.

Kelli Volk was in Surrey this week where signs point toward expansion of the town just a few miles from Minot.

The hometown vibe thrives along Pleasant Avenue; however, evidence around town suggests this could become the path more traveled.

Surrey's population is just shy of 1400, but city officials say that number could triple in years to come if the variables align with the city's masterplan.

Houses are under construction and some have been finished at the Silver Springs development.

One project official says over a dozen families have already moved in to the new homes.

(Rich Priesing, Silver Spring Vice President of Operations)"It's a mix. It's a mix of people coming in for the first time and people who are selling their homes in the Minot or even Surrey area to take part in this community."

More families in the area, means higher attendance for Surrey Public School.

The Fall Semester just kicked off with attendance up by 40 students, which requires more space for learning.

School officials spent the summer months preparing for the influx of students.

(Kevin Klassen, Surrey Public School, Superintendent)"It's been a very short three months because of all the things we've been dealing with, trying to get the portables in place and things into that nature. It's exciting."

The expansion is even spreading to the City's law enforcement department.

Surrey Chief of Police, Pete Schneider says the department is planning to upgrade its staff from two police officers to three full time and one par time.

Challenges are inevitable during expansion, but it is the city's hope that it will lead down the path to prosperity.

In Surrey, Kelli Volk, KX News.

Aside from the houses being built, a park area is also being constructed at the Silver Springs Development in Surrey.

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