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Forum staff reports, Published January 06 2014

Former ND insurance commissioner Jim Poolman injured in fatal crash

MANDAN, N.D. – Former North Dakota insurance commissioner Jim Poolman was injured in a fatal traffic accident here Monday afternoon.

Poolman, 43, of Bismarck was driving his 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee eastbound on Main Street in Mandan around 3:10 p.m. when the westbound driver of a 1999 Dodge truck crossed a cement-curbed lane divider on the west side of the Sixth Avenue-Main Street intersection and hit Poolman’s vehicle head-on, according to the Highway Patrol.

The 68-year-old driver of the Dodge truck was killed. His name is being held pending notification of relatives.

The extent of Poolman’s injuries are not known, but the injuries are not life threatening. He was taken by ambulance to Sanford Health in Bismarck.

Poolman, a Republican, was North Dakota’s insurance commissioner from 2001 to 2007, when he resigned to become a private insurance consultant. Before serving as insurance commissioner, he was in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1992-2000.

Poolman and his wife, Nicole Poolman, have three children. Nicole Poolman is a Republican state senator representing Bismarck.

Jim Poolman was born and raised in Fargo and attended the University of North Dakota.

Poolman is a partner in a group that hopes to open a Blarney Stone Pub at 1910 9th St. E. in West Fargo early this year. The West Fargo Blarney Stone will be similar to one that opened in Bismarck in 2009.