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ND Open on Sundays organization names new chairman

FARGO — An organization pushing for the repeal of North Dakota's Sunday business closing law, or blue law, has a new chairman and a revamped website.

North Dakota Open on Sundays announced Tuesday, March 13, that it has named Bill Burgess, a Fargo businessman and co-founder of Simply Made Apps, as its chairman.

He replaces Brandon Medenwald, a fellow co-founder of Simply Made Apps who previously spearheaded a petition drive seeking to get an initiated measure on the ballot to scrap the state's blue law, which restricts Sunday business hours.

Medenwald announced in late January that the petition drive was being shelved. Instead, he said he would campaign as a Democrat for the North Dakota House from District 41 so he could seek the law change within the Legislature.

That change of focus is also apparent on the group's revamped website,, which now shows a grid of North Dakota House and Senate candidates as well as their known positions on repealing the Sunday closing law.