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Associated Press, Published February 25 2010

Bismarck man nominated ND's US marshal position

FARGO, N.D. - A special agent with the federal Agriculture Department's inspector general's office is in line to be the next U.S. marshal for North Dakota.

The state's congressional delegation says President Barack Obama has nominated Bismarck native Paul Ward to fill the state's top law enforcement post.

The 51-year-old Ward says he's humbled and honored by his nomination, which must be approved by the Senate.

Ward began his career as a security police airman at Minot Air Force Base. He began his civilian law enforcement career in 1979 in Ward County and later served as a special agent for the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigations.

Ward will replace David Carpenter, who was appointed North Dakota's U.S. Marshal by President George W. Bush in 2002.