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Racing panel chairman named

BISMARCK -- Former state Rep. Jim Boehm of Mandan is the new chairman of the North Dakota Racing Commission. He succeeds Howard Wrigley of Fargo, who resigned Oct. 8 because his son, U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley, is overseeing a criminal investigat...

BISMARCK -- Former state Rep. Jim Boehm of Mandan is the new chairman of the North Dakota Racing Commission.

He succeeds Howard Wrigley of Fargo, who resigned Oct. 8 because his son, U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley, is overseeing a criminal investigation into Fargo simulcast company Racing Services Inc. The company provides simulcast services to 10 sites in the state that offer off-track betting on horse and dog races from remote locations.

Named by Gov. John Hoeven Wednesday, Boehm has served on the commission since July 2002. He served in the North Dakota House from 1991 through 2002.

Now Hoeven will have to fill Boehm's seat on the commission with a subsequent appointment.

The Racing Commission oversees the regulatory functions of live and off-track horse racing and disburses funds from simulcast racing.

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