State Land Commissioner joining Red River diversion group

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Departing North Dakota Department of Trust Lands Commissioner Jodi Smith has been hired by the governing group that is managing the Red River diversion project in Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota.

Smith announced Tuesday she was leaving the Land Department at the end of October, just five months into her second term.

She was appointed to the post by the state Board of University and School Lands, known as the Land Board, in 2017.

Smith will serve as director of lands and compliance for the Metro Flood Diversion Authority, a group of local and county leaders.

Joel Paulsen, the authority’s executive director, said Smith’s background in complex land management and “track record of reaching across many constituencies” made her an ideal candidate for the job.

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