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Dakotas officials spar over which state better off
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Some officials in the Dakotas are sparring good-naturedly over whether the North or the South is better off.

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North Dakota's energy boom has money flowing into the state coffers and the state economy. But South Dakota also has a strong economy and low unemployment, and some leaders there say that state has a better quality of life.

Chief of Staff Dusty Johnson tells the Argus Leader newspaper (http://argusne.ws/J1tKIt) that some top advisers to South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (DOO'-gahrd) have joked about running billboards in North Dakota saying, "Today you've got a job; come to South Dakota and get a life."

Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce CEO Andy Peterson says South Dakota must be jealous. He says, "Come to North Dakota for a job and a life."

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