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The North Dakota Census Office says the state has the highest percentage of millennials in the country....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Census Office says the state has the highest percentage of millennials in the country. Office manager Kevin Iverson says many millennials moved to the state in the early years of the oil boom and have stayed. The number of millennials has increased in Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks where unemployment is low.
     Iverson tells KFGO the age of North Dakotans is younger than the national average and has been since 2009. He says another result of a younger demographic is a big increase in the number of children under five, up 24 percent between 2010 and 2012.


     MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - Steady growth in Mandan in recent years has brought an uptick in crime. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the city's police experienced an 18 percent increase in calls between 2015 and 2016.

    Mandan police officers also spent several months responding to protests over the Dakota Access oil pipeline, sometimes with as many as 10 to 15 officers at a time on emergency calls. Officers also were trained in administering drugs to stop opioid overdoses.

    Drug offenses are up statewide, but in Mandan they increased 43 percent last year. Assaults in the city were up 33 percent. Domestic violence cases are separate from assaults, and the department added a domestic violence detective this year.

    Lt. Pat Haug says the department has 37 sworn officers, with two openings.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., is adding some history from the protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access pipeline. The museum is adding a nearly 12-foot-tall mile-marker post created by activists to its exhibit on treaties called "Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations."
     Museum Director Kevin Gover says treaties were at the heart of the protest, which maintained the $3.8 billion pipeline to move North Dakota oil to Illinois violated Native rights. The protest camp at times held thousands of people. Between August 2016 and February 2017 there were 761 arrests. The post was constructed by protesters to show how far they had traveled. It goes on public display Tuesday and will remain on exhibit through 2021.

    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed Lise Kruse to lead the state Department of Financial Institutions, where she has served as chief examiner of banks since January 2011. The department oversees North Dakota's state-chartered banks and credit unions as well as other financial companies. Kruse replaces Commissioner Robert Entringer, who in May announced he will retire Nov. 30.

    As chief examiner of banks, Kruse oversees the department's 16 bank examiners and the examination process. She was originally hired by the department as a financial institutions examiner in June 2004. Prior to that, she worked as a competitor research specialist with Clarica Life Insurance Co. in Fargo for about seven years.

    "With her strong management and analytical skills, Lise Kruse has played an essential role in the Department of Financial Institutions providing consistent regulation and sound oversight of our state-chartered banks," Burgum said. "Her background in information technology will serve our citizens well as financial institutions continue to evolve and adapt to the 21st century economy."

    A native of Elverum, Norway and a North Dakota resident since 1997, Kruse earned a bachelor's degree in business and organizational communication in 1996 from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a masters of business administration degree with an emphasis in information technology in 2003 from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She graduated from the Colorado Graduate School of Banking in Boulder in 2012 and has served as chair of the Conference State Bank Supervisors' Risk Identification Team.

    "I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to serve on Governor Burgum's team," Kruse said. "I'm grateful for the privilege to lead the Department of Financial Institutions and continue its important mission of ensuring the safety and soundness of our financial institutions."

    Burgum also expressed his gratitude to Entringer for his 35 years with the Department of Financial Institutions. Entringer was appointed commissioner in January 2011 by then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple and was reappointed by Burgum last December.  This appointment requires confirmation by the North Dakota Senate.



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