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Fargo-Moorhead Science Museum names leader

Josey Balenger joined the museum as its executive director on Aug. 1.

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Josey Balenger
Fargo-Moorhead Science Museum
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FARGO — The Fargo-Moorhead Science Museum has chosen its leader.

Josey Balenger became the executive director of the museum on Aug. 1, according to a news release sent Monday, Aug. 15, by the organization.

“The FMSM Board of Directors is thrilled to have Josey join us to lead our efforts to build this extraordinary new science museum for Fargo-Moorhead,” Museum Board of Directors President Ken Brazerol said in a statement. “Josey brings a wide range of museum and development experience and will be a tremendous leader for our team and our community as we continue to bring this vision to life.”

The museum is in the process of raising $40 million to $60 million to open in Fargo, West Fargo or Moorhead. The group has raised $1.3 million and could announce the museum's location in late September or early October, Board of Directors member Danni Melquist said in an email.

"We hope to open our doors within the next three to five years," she said.

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Directors have billed the museum as a place for curious minds to explore and engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It will feature interactive exhibits and programming, the release said.

Balenger has more than 20 years of experience in the museum and philanthropy industry, the release said. Before joining the local science museum, she worked for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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