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Published December 10, 2012, 10:49 AM

Feds need housing for its workers in Dickinson

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management wants to build housing for future employees on federal land in Dickinson, which has a shortage due to the state's oil boom.

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management wants to build housing for future employees on federal land in Dickinson, which has a shortage due to the state's oil boom.

The Dickinson Press reports that the agency has proposed using 10 acres of land for government housing.

BLM spokesman Mark Jacobsen said the proposed housing units could help the agency accommodate future employees.

"We'd like to get out in front of this issue so we can accommodate individuals and families who would be moving here," Jacobsen said.

"Our North Dakota field office, like many other employers, is feeling the effect of that shortage," Jacobsen said. "This would be a way to alleviate some of that concern for affordable housing."

A public meeting on the plan is slated for Thursday at the agency's office in Dickinson.

The undeveloped parcel sits just off ND Highway 10 west of Dickinson, between an industrial park and residential area. If approved, the project could be finished by the summer of 2013.

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