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Associated Press, Published August 07 2013

Construction done on Watford City housing complex

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Construction has wrapped up on a 42-unit housing complex in Watford City for public service employees.

A dedication ceremony was held Wednesday for the $8 million nonprofit complex dubbed Wolf Run Village that will provide affordable housing for public service workers such as teachers, law officers, emergency responders, and city and county employees.

"Many people throughout the community worked hard for the past two years to bring this project to fruition," said Katie Walters with developer Bakken Housing Partners LLC. "It's great to see it completed and know that local families now will have an affordable place to call home."

Watford City is in the heart of North Dakota's booming western oil patch, where housing is difficult to find. Bakken Housing Partners, which is working to develop housing throughout the Bakken oil play, built Wolf Run Village with help from business donations, county and state grants and a loan subsidy.

"Wolf Run Village is a great example of public and private resources coming together to address important needs like affordable housing for essential services employees and childcare," Gov. Jack Dalrymple said.

Dalrymple and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem traveled to Watford City to take part in Wednesday's ceremony.

"Law enforcement agencies in western North Dakota have repeatedly cited increased housing costs and shortages as an issue in recruiting and retaining officers," Stenehjem said.

The complex also will have a child care center for up to 200 children. Ground was broken Wednesday and the project is scheduled to be complete by February.

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Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.