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Published April 05, 2013, 02:10 PM

Heitkamp says North Dakota needs to offer affordable housing

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp says the state is in dire need of affordable housing.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp says the state is in dire need of affordable housing.

Heitkamp told citizens at a community meeting in Fargo Friday that North Dakota must offer more affordable homes in order to retain and attract qualified workers.

Heitkamp says in places like Minot, in the heart of oil country, vacant lots are now priced at $110,000.

The Democratic senator also points out a change in federal law on how large banks operate, which she says has made it impossible for small community banks to finance home loans.

Heitkamp says North Dakota has become "too small to succeed."

The Forum newspaper reports that Heitkamp is holding community meetings around the state to get suggestions from residents on housing needs.

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