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Associated Press, Published April 03 2012

ND Secretary of State shortens office hours, cites workload

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger says he'll be shortening his office hours so staffers can catch up on paperwork.

Jaeger says there's been an explosion of business registrations and other filings that his office handles.

He says the office will be closed on Mondays except for taking deliveries. On Tuesday through Friday, the office will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Usually it's open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jaeger says the shorter hours will allow staffers to finish paperwork more quickly. He says right now it's taking four to five weeks to process registrations.

He says the office now has more than 1,500 pending business registrations. The number of registrations has gone from an average of 770 per month to more than 1,200.

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