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Williston Residents Peacefully Protest Increased Rents

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Temperatures in the single digits and harsh winds did not stop Williston residents from showing their support Saturday morning by protesting the raise of many local rent prices and signing a petition that demands local government make a change. 

Many people attended the protest to help defend elderly neighbors and friends affected by the increase in rent prices 

"People down there are elderly and have been there for years. They live on fixed incomes and can't afford to pay what they're asking for rent now. It's ridiculous That the city and state is allowing this to happen" explained Kirby Strickland, a Williston resident.

Others have had their lives shattered By the continuous rent increase.

"Its just devastating. I'm almost 76 years old and I live in a two bed room apartment and they just raised my rent to over 1300 a month and I just cant do it" said Phyllis Larson, a Williston resident.  

Not all locals came to Williston for oil, and can't afford skyrocketing rent prices

"We're unable to pay the jack up in the prices because education can't afford to pay the prices oil does. So the educators have to live wherever they can" said Ida Burkey.

"I'm going on 76, I could enjoy life, but I ended up going back to work a couple days a week at the nursing home but then I had to quit Because I hurt my hand. It's just an awful feeling" added Larson.

Mr. Sergent a resident of the Elm Estates trailer park believes there is a underlying theme behind this issue that needs to be stopped. 

"Whether we can or cannot afford it, that's not the issue. The issue is, greed has got to stop in Williston" accentuated Mr. Sergent. 

To sign the petition or voice your opinion on the matter like the "People of Williston have had Enough" Facebook page started by Barbara Vondell.  Supporters of this cause are in the process of planning their next event.

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