ND leaders invited to White House event

Submitted Photo From the left, Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma, City Manager Tom Barry and Tioga Economic Development Director Dennis Lindahl were among leaders from the Dakotas and Wyoming attending a White House event this past week.

Minot representatives were among leaders from the Dakotas and Wyoming who converged on the White House Thursday to hear from members of the Trump administration.

Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma and City Manager Tom Barry attended the invitation-only event, which began with a tour of the White House and concluded with question and answer sessions with department representatives. Also attending from western North Dakota were Williston Mayor Howard Klug, Tioga Economic Development Director Dennis Lindahl and McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger.

Roads, jobs and technology were top concerns for the North Dakota representatives. Also of concern was natural gas capture and North Dakota’s Unmanned Aviation System development, with its recently granted permission to fly beyond line of sight.

Kellyanne Conway, who was not scheduled to speak, unexpectedly appeared and addressed the delegation on the opioid crisis and the administration’s response, including a $6 million commitment to treatment and prevention.

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