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Published September 19 2010

North Dakota Political Notebook: Gephardt to speak at Great Plains Energy Expo

BISMARCK – Former presidential candidate Dick Gephardt is a keynote speaker Tuesday at the Great Plains Energy Expo and Showcase here.

The event begins Monday at the Bismarck Civic Center Exhibition Hall. Other featured speakers include Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.; Clarence Cazalot, president and CEO of Marathon Oil; Arun Majumdar, director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency; and retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Charles Wald.

“This is a great lineup of energy leaders who will provide important insight to our discussion about how we boost domestic energy production, reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign energy, continue to reduce emissions and provide more clean energy jobs at home,” Dorgan said in a statement.

“I’m encouraging everyone in the region interested in energy issues to attend this premier event and hear from these world-class speakers.”

Keynote presentations and exhibitor showcases are open to the public. Registration for workshops and more information about the event can be found at www.bismarckstate.edu/gpee.

Legislative week ahead

Four state legislative committees are scheduled to meet this week as lawmakers begin wrapping up their interim work.

Complete agendas can be found at www.legis.nd.gov/council/interim/meetings.

Youth suicide webinars

Three experts on youth suicide will be featured this fall in a series of webinars from Well Aware, a national prevention program for school administrators and education policymakers.

The webinars discuss school-based strategies for suicide prevention, information on helping youth who lost a peer to suicide, and crisis response for schools and communities in the wake of a youth dying by suicide.

The webinars are offered from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, Oct. 12 and Nov. 3.

Participants can register at www.wellawaresp.org/webinars.php. The webinars are free and open to adults who interact with or influence policy affecting youth.

Finneman is a multimedia reporter for Forum Communications Co.