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Oil Boom Means Population Boom For Killdeer


By now most of the country has heard of North Dakota's oil boom.

With the Bakken continuing to produce more oil, more people from across the country continue to find themselves working in the oil patch.

Jon Berg takes you to one small North Dakota town seeing a boom of its own.

<<Killdeer North Dakota used to be known as a small quiet town.

"Everybody knew everybody, now most neighbors don't even know who they're living next to, it's changed that way on the street, you don't recognize hardly any of the people," Building Inspector Ron Fettig said.

Many locals have now left and new faces are moving in everyday.

But a big problem the community is faced with is finding a place for the new residents to live.

"A year ago there's 70 mobile, manufactured homes came in two different mobile home parks and then we have two more going in," Fettig said.

Many of those working in the oil fields are living in either mobile homes or RV parks.

"We take the good with the bad and I think it outweighs the bad so it's a good thing," City Administrator Dawn Marquardt said.

With more people moving to the Killdeer area this land just southeast of town is being turned into a 112 unit RV park.

"We get calls everyday for if we know of any house, apartment or whatever, you know there's always people looking," Fettig said.

But houses and apartments take a lot of time to plan and build and many of the oil workers prefer to live in a more temporary place.

While the community enjoys seeing new people move into town, they'd like to see more families move here instead of just mom or dad.

"I think it adds for them coming here you know they bring kids it helps the school," Marquardt said.

More permanent housing is on its way though, plans are in the works for 700 new apartments to be built next year.>>

Fettig says five years ago they were issuing around 20 building permits a year, now they're averaging 100 a year.

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