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Associated Press, Published September 13 2012

$17M housing project under way in Watford City

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Construction is starting on a large housing project in the western North Dakota oil patch community of Watford City.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple, local officials and representatives of Lutheran Social Services Housing on Thursday broke ground for the 12-building apartment complex. The $17 million project is to have housing for everyone from the elderly to teachers and law officers. It also is to eventually include a child care center.

Housing has become scarce in the booming oil patch. Dalrymple says the Prairie Heights development "will enrich the quality of life in Watford City."

The project will be done in two phases, and completed by next August.

MBI Energy Services has provided land and pledged $2 million for the project in exchange for state tax credits.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.