- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An auction for the rights to drill for oil on North Dakota state lands has raised $8.4 million.

The state Department of Trust Lands auctioned exploration rights to more than 10,500 acres in nine western North Dakota counties on Tuesday.

The average payment ranged from just more than $1 per acre in Sioux County to more than $10,700 per acre in Mountrail County.

The money goes into trust funds that benefit education.

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