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Published January 21, 2011, 04:51 PM

Hjelmstad, Shaft Picked for ND Higher Ed Board

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has made his first appointments to the state Board of Higher Education.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has made his first appointments to the state Board of Higher Education.

Dalrymple picked Grand Forks attorney Grant Shaft for his second four-year term on the board. The governor also chose retired Minot school teacher and administrator Terry Hjelmstad for his first term.

Hjelmstad is a former athletics director for Minot's public schools.

Dalrymple says Hjelmstad has good knowledge of career planning and technical education, which will help the board's efforts to encourage workforce training.

Shaft is a former member of the North Dakota House and served with Dalrymple there in the late 1980s. He was first appointed to the board in 2007.

If the appointments are confirmed by the North Dakota Senate, the two men will begin their terms July 1.

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