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Land Board awards more than $16 million in grants to schools, airports in western North Dakota

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota's Land Board has awarded more than $16 million in grants to schools and airports in the state's oil-producing region.

Officials say the grants are part of a program aimed at helping communities deal with the effects of rapid energy development.

The Land Board approved funding about $15 million to schools and another $1.3 million to airports in western North Dakota.

The largest grant is $2.65 million to the Williston Public School District. The Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport received the largest airport award at more than $642,000.

The Land Board is headed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple. He says the state is making great progress in addressing impacts associated with a growing economy and population.

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