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Burgum congratulates Bank of North Dakota on 100th anniversary, thanks team members for service

Gov. Doug Burgum congratulated the Bank of North Dakota on its 100th anniversary during a celebration Monday, thanking team members past and present for their service and contributions to the Bank’s success and positive impact on North Dakotans throughout the years.

The Bank of North Dakota opened its doors in downtown Bismarck for the first time on July 28, 1919. While it wasn’t first state-owned bank in the nation, it remains the only one in operation. The Bank is overseen by the state Industrial Commission, which consists of Burgum as chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, all of whom spoke at the anniversary celebration attended by dozens of current and former Bank employees and community members.

“Over the past 100 years, the Bank of North Dakota has been playing that critical role of helping to empower people, improve lives and inspire success across the state,” Burgum said. “It was established in the charter ‘for the purpose of encouraging and promoting agriculture, commerce and industry,’ and the Bank of North Dakota has proven itself to be a valuable resource – empowering our local and community banks, supporting our businesses and individuals by ensuring capital availability in all communities across our state."

Burgum also highlighted the Bank’s important role in the state’s ability to respond to natural disasters such as floods and droughts, as well as the many lives the Bank has touched through its programs related to agriculture and student loans. He expressed his gratitude and credited the Bank’s success to its team members and leadership, including current President and CEO Eric Hardmeyer. The Bank recently recorded its 15th consecutive year of record profits, earning $159 million in 2018.

The Bank has created a website, TheBNDStory.nd.gov, detailing its first 100 years with anecdotes, videos and written commentary about its history.

Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford visit with attendees at the Bank of North Dakota's 100th anniversary celebration.

Burgum appoints four to State Water Commission, fills newly created seat for Little Missouri River basin

Gov. Doug Burgum appointed four members to the State Water Commission on Wednesday, including a member to fill the newly created seat representing the Little Missouri River basin in southwestern North Dakota.

“Water is essential for everything we do in North Dakota, from agriculture and energy development to recreation and daily life,” Burgum said. “With the broad experience and expertise that these commissioners bring to the table, the State Water Commission will continue to manage and develop our water resources in a way that improves the quality of life and the health of our economy for all North Dakotans.”

Current members Richard “Dick” Johnson of Devils Lake and Katie Hemmer (formerly Andersen) of Jamestown were reappointed to six-year terms on the State Water Commission. Johnson, a retired business owner and current mayor of Devils Lake, represents the Devils Lake basin. Hemmer, a former mayor of Jamestown and current director at Jamestown Regional Airport, represents the James River basin.

Jay Volk of Bismarck was appointed to a six-year term to represent the lower Missouri River basin. Volk replaces Leander “Russ” McDonald, who did not seek reappointment. Volk is manager of health, safety and environmental services at BNI Coal in Center. He also has served on the Dakotas Resource Advisory Council, the state Aquatic Invasive Species Committee and the Lignite Energy Council’s environmental task force.

The governor appointed Steven Schneider of Dickinson to a six-year term in the newly created seat representing the Little Missouri River basin, as well as the upper Heart River basin and upper Cannonball River basin. Schneider is a financial advisor and U.S. Army veteran who has served as a director and treasurer for the Southwest Water Authority since 2010.

The state Legislature added the southwest seat with the approval of Senate Bill 2139 last spring, increasing the number of governor-appointed members who provide regional representation on the Commission from seven to eight. The governor chairs the Commission, and the state agriculture commissioner serves as an ex-officio member. For more information about the Commission, visit their website.

Leadership development class offerings expand for members of Team ND

A new slate of professional development classes offered to members of Team ND continue to garner wide participation across agencies. This past week, team members from Information Technology, Corrections and Rehabilitation, Workforce Safety and Insurance and the National Guard were part of the first group to complete the "Leadership Everywhere: Government Quality and Improvement for Practitioners."

“It was exciting to be part of this group of strong leaders from across state agencies dedicated to reinventing government,” said Melissa Baker, director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “Having this cohort of process improvement practitioners using the same powerful skill set will help us to maximize the value of our services to the citizens of North Dakota that empower people, improve lives and inspire success.”

To date, attendance in the professional development classes has topped 5,500. The classes are designed to equip team members with skills to better serve the citizens of the state by having a dialogue about shared cultural aspirations. Team members who wish to participate may contact their human resources coordinator for more details.

Applicants sought for new boards related to K-12 education, environmental issues

Applicants are being sought for three new boards created by the 2019 Legislature, including a council to promote collaboration across all K-12 education entities in North Dakota as recommended by the Governor’s Innovative Education Task Force.

The K-12 Education Coordinating Council was established through Senate Bill 2215 and consists of 18 members including legislators, executive branch leaders and educators. Among other duties, the council is tasked with identifying opportunities for greater collaboration among state education entities and stakeholders; reviewing the effectiveness and efficiency of access and delivery of education services; and evaluating education trends and recommending policy changes. Seven of the 18 members are appointed by the governor.

The 13-member Environmental Review Advisory Council, which advises the Department of Environmental Quality in carrying out its duties, includes 10 members appointed by the governor. The High-Level Radioactive Waste Advisory Council, which advises the state Industrial Commission, also has 13 members including three appointed by the governor.

Applications may be filed for all boards at the link below. Appointments are actively being made, and applicants also are continually being sought for other boards and commissions.

Recipients of the 2018 Governor's Awards for Excellence in Public Service.

Nominate a state team member for a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service!

Every day, members of Team ND go above and beyond to make a difference as we Empower People, Improve Lives and Inspire Success. Help us shine a light on exceptional individuals and groups in state government who exemplify the best of the best in commitment to our citizens, creative problem solving, contributing to the team, leadership and dedication to making a difference.

Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 23, and the awards will be presented at noon Sept. 19 in the Brynhild Haugland Room at the State Capitol.

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