BISMARCK–As I previously said, I did my own tour of northwestern North Dakota when I was in the area last week to cover the state officials’ public meeting in Williston.
Since the state meetings to hear about challenges in the Oil Patch are scheduled during the day, I wanted to get out and visit with everyday people who wouldn’t be able to attend to hear what their concerns were.
I got tipped off to the child care shortage in Williston after visiting with a college employee who told me people there need to find day care and then get pregnant.
Initially only planning one story about the issue, I realized I needed to break it into two because there was just so much information surrounding the problem. The first story ran in the papers today, and the other will run tomorrow.
It was to the point that tackling Williston was such a big project that I couldn’t begin to get into the child care shortages in other Oil Patch cities, as well as other North Dakota towns. Certainly they face some of the same problems. But I hope today’s story will give you an idea of how big the problem is.
I still have a few more stories coming from my visit up to the area, including reporting on positive news, not just the challenges.
My company should announce soon who the new oil reporter is, and then I will return to focusing more on state government. In the meantime, back to oil reporting I go……..