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Published August 16, 2010, 06:27 PM

Sen. Dorgan Recognized In Grand Forks

Senator Byron Dorgan was recognized today, after representing North Dakota for 30 years in the U.S. Congress.

Senator Byron Dorgan was recognized today, after representing North Dakota for 30 years in the U.S. Congress.

The Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation had a lunch where they thanked Dorgan.

He isn't running for re-election.

Before becoming a congressman, Dorgan was also the state's tax commissioner.

Throughout his years, he says one of the things he's most proud of in the Grand Forks Region is starting The Red River Valley Research Corridor.

Dorgan says, “I developed the idea of creating a research corridor using our two major universities as engines, believing that if you can create world-class, cutting-edge research and attract industries and businesses to locate near that business, you can dramatically alter your economic future.”

Today at the luncheon, the mayors of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks spoke about how essential Senator Dorgan was for getting money from the federal government after the '97 flood.

Democrat Tracy Potter and Republican John Hoeven are running against each other for Dorgan's Senate seat.

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