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Burgum appoints seven to State Water Commission

BISMARCK—Gov. Doug Burgum appointed seven people, including two North Dakota mayors, to the State Water Commission Thursday, Aug. 10.

Burgum previously opened up applications for the seven appointee slots, with the first-term Republican calling it a "good board governance practice to thoroughly review a pool of leadership candidates at the beginning of a new term." Fifty-three people applied for the commission.

The nine-member commission is chaired by the governor and includes Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring as an ex-officio member. The state's seven major drainage basins are each represented by one member appointed by Burgum.

The members appointed by Burgum are:

• Jason Zimmerman of Minot, a business banking officer who served as Minot's flood recovery coordinator after the 2011 flood

• Mark Owan of Williston, a farmer who serves as president of the Williams Rural Water District board of directors and chairman of the Western Area Water Supply Authority

• Leander "Russ" McDonald of Bismarck, president of United Tribes Technical College and former chairman of the Spirit Lake Nation

• Richard Johnson, mayor of Devils Lake since 2010 and chairman of the North Dakota Water Coalition

• Katie Anderson, Jamestown mayor since 2010

• Michael Anderson of Hillsboro, a farmer and former banker and vice president of the Trail Rural Water board of directors

• Matthew Pedersen of Valley City, a certified public accountant and city commissioner

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