Trailer Talk: Williston Says “Get Out!”


The oil boom in the Bakken has brought a plethora of work for not only the new residents but for the local legislators and lawmakers as well.  The problem in the Bakken and especially in Williston, has always been housing.  An article in The Fed stated that “you can find a job in 10 minutes but it may take you 10 months to find housing.”  This couldn’t be more true as the infrastructure in this rural area was nowhere near ready when the boom began.  The solution that many came up with: Bring or buy a camper.  This seemed to be the right choice as their mobility, small size and maintenance free nature made them the quick and easy solution to the ever growing housing problem.  Unfortunately, as the campers began to pile up so did the complaints from local residents.  Lawmakers in Williston were pressured every day to do something about the trailers that were being set up all over the town.  The decision finally came through early this summer a mobile home cannot be occupied within the city limits after July 31.  This is going to be a huge change for the city and many of its residents that rely on mobile homes for shelter every night.  It is uncertain what the future may hold for many, but there is light at the end of the tunnel as houses, apartments and temporary living facilities are springing up all over the Bakken. 


At Ryan Motors, vehicles may be our profession, but people are our passion.


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