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N.D. POLITICS NOTEBOOK: Gion to join Dorgan's staff

On to bigger things Rick Gion, the Democratic-NPL Party's communications director since mid-2005, has left to join Sen. Byron Dorgan's staff. His last day for the party was April 18, said Jamie Selzler, executive director of the Democratic-NPL. G...

On to bigger things

Rick Gion, the Democratic-NPL Party's communications director since mid-2005, has left to join Sen. Byron Dorgan's staff. His last day for the party was April 18, said Jamie Selzler, executive director of the Democratic-NPL.

Gion years ago had an internship in Dorgan's press office. Before working for the party, he had been a video journalist at KVLY/KXJB in Fargo and was a writer and photographer for the West Fargo Pioneer.

Dorgan honored

The National Hemophilia Foundation recently honored Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., for helping with a bill that raises lifetime insurance caps for people with hemophilia.

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Dorgan said the recognition should go to a Bismarck woman and her family. Brenda Neubauer, an attorney, helped shape the bill's language. She has a teen-age son with hemophilia. The foundation also did recognize Neubauer.

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