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Planning money heading to North Dakota oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The state and federal governments are providing $1.8 million to address planning for economic, housing and infrastructure development in western North Dakota's booming oil patch.

The state's congressional delegation and governor announced the planning grants this morning: $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and $300,000 from the state Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office.

The money is going to the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties and the Southwest Rural Economic Area Partnership Zone. Some of the money also will go to help Minot-area flood victims. The total cost of the project, with local money, is $2.4 million.