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Published March 01, 2012, 09:10 AM

Former President Clinton to visit Grand Forks March 16

FARGO – Former President Bill Clinton will visit Grand Forks on March 16 to speak at the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party’s state convention, former Gov. George Sinner announced today.

By: Kristen Daum, INFORUM

FARGO – Former President Bill Clinton will visit Grand Forks on March 16 to speak at the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party’s state convention, former Gov. George Sinner announced today.

Clinton will arrive that Friday morning and leave the same day, Sinner said.

While in Grand Forks, Clinton plans to revisit some of the areas he toured during the 1997 flood that ravaged the city to see the progress that’s been made, Sinner said.

Sinner served as North Dakota’s governor from 1985 through 1992, during the same time that fellow Democrat Clinton was governor of Arkansas.

The two remain good friends, and Sinner said he asked Clinton about three weeks ago to attend the convention, which will be March 16-18 at the CanadInn and Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

Clinton will be in Grand Forks for four to five hours, Sinner said.

Sinner said that Clinton’s visit will help fuel the party’s excitement in what will be a competitive campaign year here.

“What it can do is re-inspire people to really work and to really care about government, not just think it’s a necessary evil,” Sinner said. “Bill always makes people see that government does make a difference; it makes a difference to a whole lot of people.”

Clinton served two terms as president from 1992 through 1999. Prior to that, he was Arkansas’ governor for five terms, beginning in 1978. Since his departure from public office, Clinton has been actively involved in global humanitarian efforts through his namesake foundation.

“He’s one of the brightest people I’ve ever run across,” Sinner added. “You rarely see that combination of caring, courage and brains.”

Sinner said Clinton recently sent him a copy of his new book, “Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy.”

Sinner’s announcement came while GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney rallied supporters in Fargo.

The North Dakota Republican Party announced earlier this month that its keynote speaker would be South Dakota freshman Rep. Kristi Noem. The state GOP will meet March 30 through April 1 in Bismarck.

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