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Associated Press, Published January 24 2013

University of North Dakota hosts Canadian diplomat

GRAND FORKS — The top Canadian diplomat for the Upper Midwest region of the U.S. is visiting the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

UND said Consul General Jamshed Merchant on Thursday was focused on learning about research and other activities on campus that involve Canadian interests, as well as on exploring opportunities for new collaborations between the university and Canada.

Merchant also traveled from Minneapolis to Grand Forks to meet with the Red River Basin Commission, a group of officials from North Dakota, Minnesota and the Canadian province of Manitoba who work on water issues.

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