By: WDAY TV, AP, Associated Press

WILLISTON, ND -- Building continues to boom in the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston.

The city Building Department reports that permit values in January increased 85 percent over the year. Office manager Kelly Aberle tells the Williston Herald that the department issued 43 permits with a total value of $27.6 million.

Aberle says permit numbers and values have been rising since 2007. That year there were 339 permits with a value of $42 million. Last year there were 696 permits with a value of $353 million.

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