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Megan Card, Published July 26 2012

Boy Scouts promotes local executive to area director

FARGO – The Northern Lights Council of the Boy Scouts of America wishes their scout executive “happy trails” at his promotion to oversee councils across the upper Midwest.

Mark Holtz has 18 years under his belt with the Northern Lights Council, a Fargo-based council that includes all of North Dakota and parts of Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota.

So it was with a heavy heart that he resigned to accept the position as an area director, he said.

“It’s exciting to have the new opportunity, but I have mixed feelings because I’ve loved working with the thousands of volunteers I’ve met as scout executive,” Holtz said.

Holtz will succeed Alan Anderson as director of Area 1, which monitors 11 Boy Scout councils in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.

Anderson retired after eight years as director and recommended Holtz to fill his position.

“Mark is an exceptional scout executive, and his track record for expanding and improving the Northern Lights Council speaks for itself,” Anderson said.

His new position as area director of the Boy Scouts’ central region will be multifaceted, Anderson said, as he deals with issues from selecting new scout executives to improving council performance all around.

Holtz will assume his new role Aug. 16. He will work from Fargo.

His presence as scout executive will be missed, said Steve McLister, Northern Lights Council president.

“First and foremost, we lose a great leader,” McLister said. “But he was not just a good employee but a great friend. That is what we will miss most about him.”

A replacement has not been selected to fill the council’s scout executive position.

McLister said he is meeting with Al Lambert, Boy Scouts of America’s regional director, and hopes to have a replacement within the next few months.

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