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Published January 26, 2012, 11:26 AM

Western ND officials detail oil boom problems

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Western North Dakota's oil boom means money and jobs, but school, county and city officials say it's also tough to keep up the roads and have enough school space for new students.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Western North Dakota's oil boom means money and jobs, but school, county and city officials say it's also tough to keep up the roads and have enough school space for new students.

Williston Superintendent Viola LaFontaine (LAH'-fahn-TAYN') says her school system has grown by 480 students in the last two years alone. She's expecting another 1,200 next fall.

LaFontaine and other local officials from western North Dakota are talking to the state Legislature's energy development committee Thursday.

They're asking for a bigger share of state oil taxes to repair roads, build schools and pay for other needed public works.

The North Dakota Senate's Republican majority leader is chairman of the committee. Rich Wardner says the information is needed to show lawmakers the impact of the oil region's booming growth.

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