- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

KILLDEER, N.D. (AP) - A community center that has been in the works for nearly a decade in the western North Dakota oil-patch city of Killdeer will be reality in a matter of weeks.

Work is wrapping up on the $3.3 million High Plains Cultural Center along N.D. Highway 22, with crews finishing wiring, painting, flooring and tiling the ceiling, The Bismarck Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/1u5Xd8d ).

The facility will have meeting rooms, a gymnasium/banquet area and a walking track. It will be available for events ranging from oil company training meetings to wedding receptions, and could open as soon as October, though a grand opening is set for December.

“The community will use this a lot when it’s done,” project manager Ken Roshau said.

The committee raising money to pay off the construction loan expects to come up about a half-million dollars short, due primarily to an increase in the cost of supplies and labor because of the region’s oil boom.

“It’s all adding up. Labor here is at a premium,” Roshau said.

Officials plan to hold a fundraising campaign and ask the Dunn County Commission to chip in some oil tax revenue.

Local businessman and center board member Don Hedger said that when the facility is done, people in the area no longer will have to try to find space at Dickinson facilities for their special events.

“This will be very much worth it. I’m excited for our area to get this community center that’s so badly needed,” he said.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com


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