DICKINSON, N.D. — Construction is set to begin on temporary housing for federal workers in western North Dakota.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Monday work will start this week on lodging for bureau and U.S. Agriculture Department Forest Service employees near Dickinson. A U.S. Air Force construction team stationed in Montana will build a site to host up to 10 mobile housing units.
The bureau says the agencies are having trouble attracting qualified new employees who are willing to move to North Dakota. It says its North Dakota field office has had a large increase in its oil and gas workload but difficulties finding housing for employees.
It says the site will be restored to a more natural setting if housing conditions improve enough that workers don't need temporary lodging.