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Hundreds of Midwest lawmakers to meet at Bismarck conference

BISMARCK, N.D. — Hundreds of lawmakers from the Midwest and Canada are meeting in Bismarck to focus on issues facing the region.

The Midwestern Legislative Conference begins Saturday and wraps up Wednesday.

North Dakota Sen. Tim Flakoll of Fargo is chairman of the Midwestern Legislative Conference and the host for the event. Flakoll says more than 550 lawmakers from 11 states and four Canadian provinces are slated to attend.

Flakoll says topics include economic development, education, health care and criminal justice.

The conference includes tours of agriculture facilities and western North Dakota’s booming oil patch.

Speakers at the event will include Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon.

Flakoll says the last time Bismarck hosted the annual conference was almost 25 years ago. Fargo hosted it in 2002.

In related news, Annual North Dakota petroleum conference slated for Fargo.

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