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Proposal has $10M oil impact money for colleges

BISMARCK (AP) -- A proposed budget for North Dakota's colleges includes $10 million to help ease the impact of oil development in Williston and Dickinson.

The presidents of Williston State College and Dickinson State University say the oil boom in western North Dakota is making it tougher to find and keep employees.

They say student housing is short and there are some security concerns because of the influx of new workers.

The Legislature will have to decide whether to provide the money. Williston State President Ray Nadolny said it would be "a great start" for easing the campus impacts of oil development. He says he'd like to see more campus housing.

Dickinson State President D.C. Coston said the money could help raise wages and provide security improvements.