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State paleontologist retiring

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Grand Forks North Dakota 375 2nd Ave. N. 58203

BISMARCK -- The state’s dinosaur expert is retiring after 33 years.

John Hoganson, the state paleontologist based with the North Dakota Geological Survey, is the curator of the state fossil collection, which has grown to hundreds of thousands of fossils since it started in 1989, according to the Department of Mineral Resources.

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“I loved the public and educational outreach of my job, fossil digs, lectures and working with all the kids groups,” Hoganson said in a release. “We’ve made major discoveries as far as fossil discoveries and that’s been satisfying. The numbers of new animals we’ve been able to discover have been very exciting.”

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