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Dan Genk, left, the supervisor of the FBI's Bismarck office, talks with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Wednesday at a round table discussion about human trafficking. Jamie Kelly / Williston Herald

Williston Mayor Told Heitkamp Campaign Not to Use His Comments as an Endorsement, They Kind of Did Anyway

Williston Mayor Told Heitkamp Campaign Not to Use His Comments as an Endorsement, They Kind of Did Anyway

As a part of her bid to get re-elected, Senator Heidi Heitkamp has been touting comments from local officials in campaign press releases. Among them Williston Mayor Howard Klug. It’s hard to say how much these local endorsements matter – typically they do little to sway voters – but a western North Dakota endorsement for

Trygve Olson editorial cartoon Fargo Forum

Williston City Commission Renews Ban on Crew Camps With a Dollop of Hypocrisy

The City of Williston, epicenter of North Dakota’s now-faded oil boom, has been fighting a war on certain business models. Whether it’s food trucks or crew camp facilities serving workers who rotate into and out of the region, the city has been using the law to eliminate competition with more permanent business models. Like restaurants

A drilling rig, pictured Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Williston, N.D. Photo by Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Far From a Bust, They’re Still Hiring in the North Dakota Oil Patch

The end of North Dakota’s oil boom – which I was among the first to write about, I think, way back in 2014 – prompted no small amount of schandenfreude in some circles. Certain media types, always on the hunt for a negative story to tell, were quick to announce that the oil boom had

"For rent' signs are prevalent around Dickinson, and are a representation of tenants leaving the area because of the oil slowdown. (Abby Kessler/The Dickinson Press)

Funny How Nobody Wants Rent Control When Rents Are Falling

Two years ago, in the throes of a housing shortage driven by the Bakken oil boom, the Williston Herald called for rent control in an editorial. “It has been well-established that rent control is illegal in the state of North Dakota, but it is also gaining momentum from residents and activists seeking change,” the paper wrote.

AG: City of Williston Broke Open Meeting Law With Meetings About Man Camp Ban

A federal judge has enjoined the City of Williston from enforcing a controversial ordinance which would have banned temporary worker housing businesses from operating there starting July 1. Part of the federal judge’s reasoning for issuing the injunction was his opinion that the city had likely violated their own ordinances requiring a super-majority vote to

Travis Kelley, regional vice president for Target Logistics, speaks Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Williston, N.D., during a City Commission public hearing on closing crew camps. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Judge: The Williston City Commission Ignored Their Own Ordinances, Attorney In Banning "Man Camps"

With demand for housing fading alongside oil industry activity, the Williston City Commission decided to try and shore up demand for overbuilt hotel rooms and apartment units by banning crew camps within their jurisdiction. Crew camps are temporary housing built by companies to serve workers who rotate in and out of the region. The idea is

Target Logistics Sues The City Of Williston In "Man Camps" Fight

The folks at Target Logistics just dropped a press releasing announcing a lawsuit, filed in both state and federal court, against the City of Williston over the man camps fight. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Williston’s city leaders have passed an ordinance to ban man camps – or “crew camps” to


Williston City Leaders Take A Shameful Stand Against "Man Camps"

In Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged the author invented something called the “anti-dog-eat-dog” rule. In the story, the characters create it to stop “destructive competition” between railroad companies. Rand intended the law to be a satire of companies which seek to maintain their market share not by managing their businesses well but by getting the government