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Land Board Awards $6 Million In Energy Impact Grants


The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) today awarded $5 million to further support critical access hospitals in North Dakota’s oil and gas region and $1 million to enhance regional services for disabled citizens. “Working together, we continue to make great progress in addressing a wide range of impacts associated with growth throughout our oil and gas region,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple, chairman of the five-member Land Board. “The state funds awarded today will help ensure that the region’s hospitals continue to provide quality health care and that our citizens with disabilities have access to the services they deserve to lead healthy, happy and full lives.”

Other Land Board members are Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Secretary of State Al Jaeger, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt.

To help offset the costs of uncompensated patient care, the Land Board awarded the following grants to critical access hospitals:

McKenzie County Memorial Hospital, Watford City - $1,753,219

Tioga Medical Center, Tioga - $438,683

Southwest Healthcare Services, Bowman - $90,877

St. Luke’s Hospital, Crosby - $ 149,900

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center, Dickinson - $2,137,491

Mountrail County Health Center, Stanley - $241,236

St. Andrew’s Health Care, Bottineau - $188,594

The Land Board today also awarded $1 million to the following organizations who provide services to individuals with disabilities:

ABLE, Inc., Dickinson -  $156,795

CORES, Inc., Bismarck - $58,638

Easter Seals Goodwill ND, Inc., Mandan - $67,134

Knife River Group Homes, Inc., Hazen - $11,112

Minot Vocational Training Center, Minot - $309,700

Opportunity Foundation, Williston - $115,453

Pride, Inc., Bismarck - $530

Rehab Services, Inc., Minot - $21,485

REM North Dakota, Minot - $186,309

Support Systems, Inc., Bismarck - $24,313

Tri-City Cares, Inc., Stanley - $48,531

Since 2011, the state has appropriated more than a half-billion dollars in Energy Impact Grant funds alone, a small portion of the state’s overall commitment to helping the oil and gas region’s counties, cities, schools and other service providers address growth impacts. The fund supports a wide variety of public services including local law enforcement agencies, growing schools, rural fire districts, district health units and emergency medical providers. The grants also support the development of public infrastructure projects including county, township and city road improvements.

A full list of awards is available on the Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office website at


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