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Published April 11, 2012, 01:28 PM

North Dakota oil town might ban living in campers

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — People living in campers in the heart of North Dakota's oil patch might soon be asked to pack up and roll along.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — People living in campers in the heart of North Dakota's oil patch might soon be asked to pack up and roll along.

The Williston City Commission has approved the first reading of an ordinance that would make it illegal to live in an RV in city limits. The law would make it a Class B misdemeanor, subject to a $500 fine.

The Fargo Forum reports (http://bit.ly/HxiQ62 ) that the ordinance will come up again in two weeks. Williston Police Chief James Lokken estimates that there are 300 to 400 campers throughout the city.

Williston Mayor Ward Koeser says the city's been inundated with people coming into town for work without a place to live. The housing problem is prevalent throughout western North Dakota, where some communities have banned temporary oil-worker housing.

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