BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Highway Patrol is activating a four-person squad in the western city of Belle Fourche in response to an increase in traffic associated with the booming oil patch in western North Dakota.
Lt. Rick Miller says the Northern Plains Squad will have a sergeant and three troopers. They start work Monday. The positions are being paid for through a federal grant.
The squad will cover an area between Belle Fourche and the North Dakota border, and from the Wyoming border east to the Missouri River.
Butte County Sheriff Fred Lamphere says the state crime bureau also is considering stationing an agent in Belle Fourche.