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Heitkamp Meets Williston Leaders

Heitkamp Meets Williston Leaders

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The rise of Williston's airport is enough to warrant an F-A-A control tower at that location.

That's what North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp told

Williston officials in a special meeting today.

Heitkamp says the federal government needs to support Williston in its efforts to find the right location for a new, expanded airport.

But in addition, she intends to get federal officials to see the need for a control tower to deal with the increased commercial and private air traffic.

Also today, Williston officials said they need help in getting the federal government to re-work its guidelines for housing assistance.

They say the city's average rent on a two bedroom apartment is well over two thousand dollars a month.

And people earning well over the feds' definition of low-income are still unable to afford the housing without help.

The Williston officials said they have been forced to think "outside the box" on many issues related to the oil boom and they hope the federal government can do likewise.

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