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ND oil field workers strain Montana law enforcement

BILLINGS (AP) — As thousands of workers and their families move to North Dakota's Bakken oil field in search of jobs, nearby rural Montana communities' resources are being pushed to the limit.

Housing, education and infrastructure are top government concerns regionally. But after the recent disappearance and apparent murder of Sidney high school teacher Sherry Arnold, communities also are looking closely at law enforcement.

"We have a lot of activity now in this part of the state," Sidney Police Chief Frank DiFonzo said in early January. "It was slowed down and more rural, and it's changing an...


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