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Published September 27, 2012, 01:33 PM

Public safety grants awarded in North Dakota's oil region

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Land Board has awarded $4 million in grant money to enhance public safety in the state's oil-producing counties.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Land Board has awarded $4 million in grant money to enhance public safety in the state's oil-producing counties.

The board on Thursday approved 66 grant applications to add support for law enforcement personnel, firefighters and emergency medical services in counties experiencing rapid growth from the oil boom.

The matching grants include $200,000 for a new ambulance building in Watford City and $125,000 for the city of Williston to purchase fire suppression equipment.

The grants are part of the state's $135 million Energy Impact Grant Fund, which was created to help with issues created by the rapid oil and gas development.

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