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Special Olympics announces new area director

Rachel Nelson has been named area director for Special Olympics of North Dakota in an area that includes Grand Forks, the organization announced Friday.

As area director, she will be involved in recruiting and training volunteers and athletes, organizing area competitions, promoting the organization and raising funds.

Nelson is a paralegal at Nilles Law Firm in Fargo. She began volunteering with Special Olympics in 2009 as a coach for basketball and track and field, and as a partner for volleyball and team handball. In 2011, she became head volunteer coach for track and field.

Special Olympics serves more than 1,400 athletes in North Dakota.