New England Sees Growth - - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Growth in New England


Cities in Western North Dakota are growing as the oil boom continues.

Steph Scheurer takes us South of Dickinson to show us one small town that is seeing growth.

(Nat: "1108 square feet, so this is our smallest one...")

Chris Cooper and his family moved up to New England, North Dakota from Florida.

He's a home builder and is certainly making a difference in this little community.

"The land is more affordable down here so this reaches out, the price range that we're hitting reaches out to people that they can't achieve in Dickinson. The banks are only approving them for a certain amount of money so I'm able to give them a nice home for that price where they can get something new instead of something built in the 40s," says Chris Cooper, Home Builder.

And it's not just new homes this town is seeing.

There are new apartments being built, and new businesses such as "The Tumbler" laundromat.

"We have the 20, 30, 40, and 60 pound washers so you can bring your sleeping bags, comforters, whatever you need to wash. And it takes a half an hour," says Vivian Hernandez, Owner, The Tumbler.

And whoever is the lucky enough to drop coins into the machine's 50th cycle, will even get a free wash.

The local people are happy these services are being offered in New England so they don't have to travel to larger town.

"It's nice to see that things are changing and it's getting bigger, but it's kind of scary at the same time because you're not used to such big changes. But I think it's really awesome that the town's slowing growing again because we really need it," Tara Jung, Manager, The BA.

"I think that this is a good way for this town to benefit from the oil and get some of that revenue coming in to this town and give this town an opportunity to grow too," says Cooper.

And although Florida to North Dakota is a big change for Chris's family, he says they're very happy here and are excited to see the town grow.

In New England for KX News, I'm Steph Scheurer.

New England's population jumped from 558 in 2009 to 600 according to the 2010 census.

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