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Dakotas officials spar over which state better off

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

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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