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Storbakken named Labor Commissioner

Dave Thompson
Prairie Public

A Bismarck lawyer has been named the new state Commissioner of Labor and Human Rights.

Bonnie Storbakken  to replace Tony Weiler, who is leaving to become the new executive director of the state Bar Association of North Dakota.

"She brings to this important position broad legal experience," said Gov. Jack Dalrymple. "She brings an extensive expertise in mediation services, whihc will serve as a strong foundation as she works to protect the rights of North Dakota citizens."

Storbakken has owned her own law and mediation firm since 2007. She says that background will serve her well in the department.

"I'm really overseeing the office that provides the voice for people that have grievances in employment, discrimination and housing," said Storbakken. "I think that having the mediation background is the background allowing people to voice where the issues are for them, what the problem is and exploring possible remedies for them."

Storbakken will start her now job at the end of May. She will be paid $90,000 -- and will manage an office of 12 staff members.