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Ida Purkey and other residents of Williston, N.D., protest high rent prices on Friday, May 9, 2014, in Williston. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

‘Insane rent hikes’ spur protest in Williston, N.D.

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WILLISTON, N.D. – Diana Avans moved back to Williston in 1991 to be near her mother, but now she worries she can’t afford to stay.


The retiree received a letter last week that the monthly lot rent in her trailer court will increase from $300 to $850 in June.

“This is just the beginning,” Avans. “You know they’re not going to stop at $850.”

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.