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Page 2 Golden Valley News February 9, 2017 Legislature's 'youth caucus' has three members Burgum appoints Jones to lead Department of Human Services By Mike Jacobs sources is heanng bills about gun N.D. Newspaper Association rights - a special interest of his. "l'm The youth caucus at the North a supporter of the Second Amend- Dakota Legislature is a small one. ment," he said. Just three members are 25 or O'Brien is on the House commit- younger, tees on industry, business and labor, The caucus grows ifyou raise the a kind of catch-all committee for age limit to 30. business and workforce issues, and To be clear, there is no formaltransportation. youth caucus - but it makes a good Blum is on the Judiciary Corn- premise for a story, mittee and the Agriculture Commit- These youngsters have quite abit tee. Despite being a suburbanite, in common. They are Republicans, he's delighted with the latter assign- all of them. They represent college ment. In fact he was near giddy districts In fact, two are from Dis- about his committee vote to repeal trict 18 in Grand Forks, which in- regulations oll selling hay in the cludes the University of North state. Dakota campus. The third is from These two enjoy a kind of special l)istrict 40, which includes the status among Republicans The~ Minot State University campus, were elected in what :is often consid- So meet Emily O'Brien and Jake ered one of the most left-leaning leg- Blmn, from District 18. islative districts in the state. O'Brien is 25 - she said so her- The district's Senate member is self. She's an entrepreneurshipCurt Kretm, who is not a candidate coach at UND's Center for Entre- for the"youth caucus." He raises the preneurship. That means she helps average age of the district's delega- build business plans and does finan- tion to 38. cial analyses for aspiring entrepre- Blum is a political activist. He neurs. O'Brien graduated in Maywas the state director for Students 2() 15. for Marco Rubio in the presidential Blum is 22, he said. As he puts it, campaign, and later worked as state he's on"his victory lap" at UND. In director for Students for Donald other words, he's a rift.h-year stu- Trump. dent. He expects to graduate at the As for Ruby: He admits to being end of fall semester. His emphasis is a :political addict. His interest began on political science and criminal jus- when his father entered the House. tice. If 30 were the ceiling for "youth Both are from the Twin Cities caucus" membership, at least three suburbs. Blum grew up in Plymouth, more House members would qualify. Minn., and O'Brien is from Rep. Tom Kading, who repre- Lakeville, Minn. sents a Fargo district, is 2). He s not The third member of this youth a newcomer to the Legislature, caucus is a native North Dakotan - though. He was elected in 2014. in fact his father is also a legislator. Another Fargoan, Thomas Bea- Matt Ruby is the son of Rep. Dan dle, turns 30 in March. He's been in Ruby. Just one desk separates them the House since 2011. on the House floor. Michael Howe from West Fargo The younger Ruby is 25 - barely turned 30 two months before he was - his dad reported. His birthday was elected to the House last year. the week the session began. All of these young House mere- Unlike O'Brien and Blum, who bers are Republicans; you'd have to are both single, Ruby is a family raise the age limit to 31 to catch the man. He and his wife Dana have two first Democrat, Party Floor Leader children and another on the way. Corey Mock of Grand Forks. He's a This shouldn't surprise anybody, legislative veteran, first elected in Ruby said. He himself is one of 10 2008. children. In the Senate, the youngest mere- Ruby is on the House education ber is another Grand Forks resident, and ener~v and natural resources Scott Meier, who turned 30 in Janu- committees. The first is a special in-ary. terest, thcSedond has taken a lot of (Reach Mike Jacobs mja- 'his time. Energy and Natural Re- Rep. Jake Blum Rep. Emily O'Brien Rep. Matt Ruby ...... Bullinger named director of Medical Marijuana Program BISMARCK. '- The North leadership to implementation of the ate Care Act that will result in hav- Dakota Department of Health law." (NDDoH) says Kenan Bullinger The Compassionate Care Act. an will serve as director of the new initiated measure allowing for the Medical Marijuana Program. use of medical marijuana for cer- He brings 33 years of experience tain qualified patients, passed in with the NDDoH. The past 25 years November 2016. Senate Bill 2344 he has served as the director of will be heard before the Senate Food and Lodging Division. Human Services Committee in the Bullinger began his new role iln- coming weeks. The intent is to clar- mediately, ify the statute for governing the li- According to Arvy Smith, censing and use of marijuana for NDDoH interim co-director, medical purposes. The change "Kenan's background in licensing, would require a two-thirds major- regulation, and lab management all ity vote. make him an ideal person for the "We have a tremendous amount job. He has also been in discussions of work to do workin~ hand in hand and provided valuable input re- with the Legislature and Gover- garding the measure, and now law, nor's Office to get some needed since the beginning. I am excited to changes made to the Compassion- be able to commit his frill-time ing safe medical cannabis in the hands of qualifying patients in an affordable, efficient, and fiscally responsible manner," Bullinger said in a prepared statement. The Medical Marijuana Division will be responsible for issuing med- ical marijuana cards for qualifying patients, regulating and inspecting compassion centers, and verifying quality of product. Put Your/H.,oney Where Your House Zsl local independent A':~-r~ str~tlgt~en our businesses are ~ community yo#r best value and o#r economy Not foe bi , nor foe srnall! With the ff.x Network, !tou can get "ern all! Ardyn Ardyl Mattson Run an ad fhis size in ALL NORTH DAKOTA NEWgPAPER9 for onlg $6OO! (Re ions also available.,/ . Confao, fhis paper for details . BEACH - Ardyn Ardyl Mattson, 87, of Dickinson, formerly of Beach, passed away in Dickinson on Satur- day, Feb. 4, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 10. at First Lutheran Church in Beach with the Rev. Dana Holter officiating. Inter- ment will follow services at the Beach Lutheran Cemetery. Silha Fu- neral Home of Beach has been en- trusted with arrangements. EXCAVATION SERVICES AND AGGREGATE IS SEEKING A GENERAL MANAGER FOR ITS JAMESTOWN, ND OFFICE. Requirements include 2 to 4 years construction mgmt., experience in estimating, bidding, scheduling and coordinating jobs and employees, material/supply ordering, strong communication skills, computer experi- ence, knowledge and understanding of underground utilities, excavation of footings, grade work, septic systems, as well as sewer and water line installation and repair. Wages are negotiable depending on experience and background. We offer health insurance, Simple IRA and PTO. Send ..... resu.m.e....t .Box. 689. Jamest ..N=D...=584=0=2= ............................................. BISMARCK - Gov. Doug Bur- gum on Friday appointed health care executive Christopher D. Jones to lead the Department of Human Services (DHS). Jones wilt bring t9 years of ex- perience in health service opera- tions, strategy, technology and consulting to his new role as DHS executive director. He will officially ,join the department and the gover- nor's cabinet on Feb. 27. Jones is currently a division sen- ior vice president of strategy and business development for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), an enter- prise with more than $15 billion in annual revenue and over 100 hospi- tals across 18 states. A graduate of Bismarck Century High School, Jones earned his un- dergraduate degrees in health care administration and Scandinavian Christopher D. Jones studies from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and his master of business administration degree from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. The Department of Human Serv- ices employs about 2,200 people across North Dakota and has a two- year budget of more than $3.5 bil- lion, making it the largest state agency in terms of both budget and employees The department oper- ates eight regional human service centers, as well as the Life Skills and Transition Center in Grafton and the State Hospital in Jamestown. Services provided by DHS in- elude aging services, behavioral health services, children and family services, developmental disability services, child support, economic assistance, medical services and vo- cational rehabilitation. . Maggie Anderson, interim exec- utive director, will transition to the role of DHS medical services direc- tor overseeing the Medicaid divi- sion. Tufte appointed to lead Department of Health BISMARCK - Health manage- Tufle brings more than 20 years of ment executive and former critical experience in the health industry, care nurse Mylynn Tufte will serve serving in a strategic and health ad- as North Dakota's next state health visory role to some of the largest officer, bringing a clinical, business payers and providers in the country. and technology background to the Her experience includes working top leadership role in the North with state governlnents,nationaland Dakota Department of Health, Gov. regional health plans, integrated de- Doug Burgum announced on Feb. I. livery networks, academic and com- The state health officer is ap- munity medical centers, physician pointed by the governor to be the groups and accountable care organi- Health l)epartment's chief adminis- zations. trative officer and is also a member Tufte currently is a health care of the governor's cabinet. Tufte will consultant for Ernst & Young L.L.C., begin her new role on Feb. 27.a professional services firm. Mylynn Tufte Garden Project donates 1.8 million poundsof produce MANDAN - Attendees at the cries, the Great Plains Food Bank, Bottineau ~ Entrepreneurial Center North Dakota Farmers Market and Missouri Valley Ag, North Dakota for Horticulture. Northern Plains Growers Association .(NDFMGA) 4-H and North Dakota FFA. Sustainable Ag Society, The North & Local Foods Conference held on Other partners in the project in- Dakota Farmers Market and Grow- Feb. 3 learned that the Hunger Free clude: NDSU Extension Service, ere Association, Healthy North ND Garden Project has recorded NDSU Master Gardeners, North Dakota. Creating a Hunger Free ND volunteer donations of more than Dakota FFA. Dakota College at Coalition, and Pride of Dakota. 1.8 million pounds of fresh produce to food pantries, soup kitchens, and other charitable community pro- grams since the program started in Have something that may be newsworthy 2010. that you'd like to share or submit to the The Hunger Free ND Garden ,~,,,,.~ ,,,,,~y News the Billings County or .Project was started by the North .... Dakota Department of Agriculture Pioneer? .... (NDDA) in partnership with the We won't know about it unless you tell us, Great Plains Food Bank The andwe welcome submitted news items! statewide project encourages home gardeners and commercial growers It's easy. Just give us a call, e-mail your to plant extra produce each year for item and a phone number, or mail a photo donation to charitable organizations and the text that goes along with it. across the state. 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