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Published May 30, 2012, 11:57 AM

Small ND oil patch town deals with housing crunch

SOUTH HEART, N.D. (AP) — The southwest North Dakota town of South Heart has approved construction of a 200-unit oil field crew camp, but the company interested in the project hasn't found a place to build it.

SOUTH HEART, N.D. (AP) — The southwest North Dakota town of South Heart has approved construction of a 200-unit oil field crew camp, but the company interested in the project hasn't found a place to build it.

Mayor Floyd Hurt tells The Dickinson Press (http://bit.ly/KZzPnj) Texas-based Ameri-Tech Industries is trying to buy land but a lot has to happen before the crew camp can be built. City Councilman Chuck Andrus says it isn't likely to be in the next few months because the council hasn't seen final plans. He says sewer and water issues also need to be resolved.

But Andrus says there is a need for more housing in the town of 300 people. Construction has begun on a new subdivision near the town's golf course that officials say might help ease the crunch.

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Information from: The Dickinson Press, http://www.thedickinsonpress.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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