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Police in oil towns see surge in crime

Police say the oil rush is luring a rough-and-tumble element that sometimes threatens to overcome the law. Some bars in Williston, N.D. are getting rough, and police there are tapping Minnesota academies to find enough officers. And without a place to stay, many of the recruits are sleeping on colleagues' couches.
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Police say the oil rush is luring a rough-and-tumble element that sometimes threatens to overcome the law. Some bars in Williston, N.D. are getting rough, and police there are tapping Minnesota academies to find enough officers. And without a place to stay, many of the recruits are sleeping on colleagues' couches.

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