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Bismarck City Commissioner Loves to Run

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The make up of the Bismarck City Commission could change dramatically in a few months.

Mayor John Warford won't be back. He's heading out to the University of Mary.

Brenda Smith announced she's done on the commission as well.

Parrell Grossman is running to be a district judge.

Mike Seminary is running for mayor.

and Josh Askvig? Well, he's just running...

Josh Askvig is usually an early riser.

Five a.m. early.

He has to start his day then to get everything in.

"People ask what I do for a living and I say run. Literally, physically and mentally," Josh Askvig, Bismarck City Commissioner said.

Askvig plans to run in the Boston Marathon next month.

He's in training.

"It's worth it, because the journey is not just the 26.6 miles, it's that whole training on the way up to it," he said.

That means running in snow.

And on ice.

Askvig can't slip up now.

He doesn't have time.

He's got a day job at AARP.

And a night job on the Bismarck City Commission.

To talk to other commissioners, he should be too busy for all this running around.

"Yes it's absolutely time consuming. Josh and I just talked because Mike had asked him about the finance portfolio and he said Parrell I'd like to visit with you. I said I think you'd be good for that Josh, but you just have to know it's just a huge time commitment," Parrell Grossman, Bismarck City Commissioner said.

Askvig says, problem solved.

"I think it makes me a better commissioner. I'll tell you why, I spend a lot of time running through the neighborhoods. I do run through the parks a lot, but I like to get out and I get to see things on foot," he said.


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