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Omdahl: The state’s wealthy taxpayers and poor governments

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North Dakota is rich — incredibly rich. According to figures compiled by Governing, a state and local news magazine, eight of the 25 richest counties in the United States are in North Dakota.

Six of those eight counties —Williams, Slope, Billings, Dunn, Mountrail and McKenzie — can attribute much of their wealth to the oil industry. The other two counties — Steele and Wells — can be explained by agricultural prosperity.

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