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Associated Press, Published May 14 2010

Hotels in ND oil patch filling up

BISMARCK — Visitors to western North Dakota are being advised to plan ahead for hotel rooms.

The oil boom has created a housing crunch.

The owner of one Dickinson bed and breakfast that serves people on their way to the tourist town of Medora says the oil business has taken rooms and on some days people have been turned away.

The Select Inn and Super 8 in Dickinson are for the most part filled for June. And manager Lori Jackson says people who want a room in July had better call soon.

People wishing to stay in Medora might fare better, as hotels don't get the same amount of oil business.

State Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman says the www.ndtourism.com website has been updated to better suit cell phones and help travelers checking bookings from the road.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.