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Associated Press, Published August 08 2012

ND oil patch cities getting housing funds

DICKINSON, N.D. — Dickinson and three other cities are getting money for affordable housing for law officers and others.

The state attorney general's office is directing $3 million from North Dakota's share of a multistate lawsuit settlement with U.S. mortgage lenders to subsidize housing for law officers in the state's booming oil patch, where housing is in short supply.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple says $744,000 is going toward a Dickinson apartment complex. The $3.5 million project also is getting money from Marathon Oil through the state Housing Incentive Fund.

The Dickinson Press reports that Belfield, Stanley and Watford City are getting lesser amounts through the Law Enforcement Pilot program in its first round. The remaining $1.1 million will be distributed in a second round that will focus on northwestern cities such as Williston.

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