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13 Highway Patrol troopers coming to western North Dakota

More North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers are coming to the Oil Patch.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced in a press release 15 candidates graduated from the Law Enforcement Training Academy on Friday, 13 of which are heading to oil and gas-producing counties.

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“Putting more troopers in the field is part of our ongoing commitment to the continued safety of our growing communities and roadways,” Dalrymple wrote in the release. “These troopers will enhance our visibility and will also provide additional support for local law enforcement agencies.”

The state Legislature appropriated $3.8 million to place addition troopers on roads, primarily in western North Dakota, according to the release. Six troopers will be stationed in Williston and two will go to Dickinson. The remaining seven will go to Watford City, New Town, Killdeer, Parshall, Minot, Rugby and Velva.

The Highway Patrol has 168 sworn officers — 65 are in the state’s 17 oil and gas-producing counties, according to the release.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.