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Phyllis Larson, 76, sits in her small two-bedroom apartment in Williston, N.D. Larson moved into her home 11 years ago and paid only $500 per month, a rate that seemed relatively affordable. Now, Larson will face paying $1,550 per month should she renew her lease for another year. Kile Brewer / Forum News Service

A boom in rental rates: Williston residents struggle to keep their homes


WILLISTON, N.D. — Phyllis Larson has a small sign hanging in her apartment kitchen. It reads, “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be.”

Unfortunately for the 76-year-old, the best might have already past, at least when it comes to her living situation.

Larson is facing a rent crisis. When she renews the lease on her two-bedroom apartment in the coming months, her monthly rent will increase from her current rate of $1,350 to $1,550.

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