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Published May 06, 2012, 05:18 PM

Women also call 'man camps' home in ND oil patch

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Temporary housing set up in North Dakota's booming oil patch may be called "man camps," but they are home to a small number of women, too.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Temporary housing set up in North Dakota's booming oil patch may be called "man camps," but they are home to a small number of women, too.

The Dickinson Press reported Sunday that a small number of women live and work at the temporary facilities — some as housekeepers, kitchen staff or other employees. Others are spouses or daughters of men who live in the camp.

Chasitie Hurst, 19, moved to North Dakota from Frisco, Texas, to work at the Target Logistics Bear Paw Lodge, a temporary housing facility primarily for oil field workers. She says her grandfather, who lives at one of the camps, encouraged her to apply for a job in the oil patch. She began working in the lodge's kitchen in July and now works at the front desk.

"All the women here stick together," Hurst said.

The Williston Target Logistics facilities, which have more than 1,100 beds, have about 60 women living there, said Terry Legions, assistant camp manager.

Legions herself began working at Bear Paw Lodge in July after she was laid off from her job at a technology company. Legions, who spent some of her childhood in Kindred, N.D., and Rollag, Minn., returned to North Dakota from Santa Cruz, Calif.

She had the opportunity to return to her company in California and chose to stay in Williston.

"I cannot sit in a cubicle again," the 55-year-old said. "I love it here. I like dealing with all the people."

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