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Governor says North Dakota is weathering energy, ag slump

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the state’s economic strength and diversified economy is helping to weather fluctuations in the energy and agriculture industries.

Dalrymple spoke Wednesday at the state’s first demographic conference, which is focusing on how demographics impact citizens, businesses and communities.

The governor told the group at Bismarck State College that North Dakota has a “strong and growing” economic base that includes technology, manufacturing and aviation. He cited the fact that the state has more than 15,000 job openings and continues to have one of the fastest-growing populations in the country.

Dalrymple also noted that North Dakota is one of just a handful of states whose populations are getting younger, reversing a longtime trend of outmigration.

In related news, Cruz says North Dakota could decide Republican convention.

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