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Corey Mock selected to tour Canada for leadership program

Corey Mock

North Dakota's minority leader in the state House is headed to Canada for a leadership program.

Rep. Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, is one of six state legislators from Alaska, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska who will participate in the Rising State Leaders program, a six-day educational working tour hosted by the Embassy of Canada, according to a news release.

"I am humbled by the invitation to participate in the Embassy of Canada's Rising State Leaders Program," Mock said in a statement.

Mock and the other lawmakers will visit several cities across Canada, including Vancouver and Calgary. They will meet with Canadian legislators and business leaders in an effort to "underscore the importance of U.S.-Canada cooperation in the realms of trade, border security and economic development," the release said.

"Canada is our state's largest trading partner, with over $4 billion worth of North Dakota goods exported to Canadian markets every year," Mock said. "Especially in a time where relations between the two countries seem to be strained, I want to share North Dakota's perspective on important issues like trade, border security, and energy production."

The tour begins Monday.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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