By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 3/09/21 (Tue)
It’s obvious that in the last decade, Williston,
Williston grew so fast that the population ballooned to 38,000 and the economy almost caught
Regardless, so much money was floating around that
It’s tapered off now, but
New Town was a quiet reservation fishing village in 2008, but became an almost out-of-control growth by 2011. But the number of people, the crime and the money started to fade away.
These haven’t been the only examples in
People from all over the country converged on
By 1983, there was some speculation that if things kept going,
The good news about the oil activity is that all of the communities named here have seen long-term growth in some capacity.
The bad news is that increased crime and cost of living came along with that. It’s hard to understand how a teacher or waitress could make it in such a hyper-inflated economy.
One thing the New Town School Board did was purchase several houses and apartments in the community and teachers could live there free as an incentive, otherwise the cost of living could have eaten them alive.
There are other communities in the state that have seen the same thing, although not on the magnitude as Williston or
As an example, in 1970, Beulah was a community of about 1,300, but by 1980, it had grown to 3,000 and would peak in 1983 at 7,000 plus.
That same year, 1983, a report in the Beulah Beacon showed that crime statistics rivaled that of the city of
A power plant was being built north of town and one was going up south of town and thousands of workers were needed to get those plants up and running.
They all came to Beulah, with some spilling over into Hazen, Zap, Center and
We don’t often think of
Strong retail, manufacturing and the
And what’s most interesting about
Gwinner was just a small farming village of 200 people in
The community grew steadily and is now approaching 1,000. Unfortunately, Melroe needed far more people because it was working multiple shifts. As a result, workers were coming from
Another mini boom happened in Langdon between 1970 and 1990 during and after missile fields were built around Grand Forks Air Force Base.