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Published December 16 2012

North Dakota board awards $2.5 million in oil-impact grants

BISMARCK — A state board has approved $2.5 million in grants to help townships repair roads damaged by truck traffic in North Dakota's Oil Patch.

The money is to be divided for various projects in 176 townships in western North Dakota.

The grants are part of a program aimed at helping communities deal with the effects of rapid energy development. Officials say $124 million has been allocated over the past two years.

The grants are administered by the state Land Board, which is headed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple.