Secretary of State candidate visits Rugby
North Dakota Representative Joshua Boschee, from District 44, visited Rugby last week to meet with local business leaders, citizens and farmers to discuss the economic issues and concerns in Pierce County, at the Coffee Cottage Cafe. Boschee’s campaign will address some of these issues as he runs for Secretary of State this fall, and he said he was interested in hearing local concerns.
Boschee is running as a Democrat and is from Fargo, where he is a sales manager at Hatch Realty. He grew up in Minot and attended Bishop Ryan High School before going to NDSU where he graduated with a degree in Political Science, and a Masters in Education. He was elected in 2012 and began his legislative career in 2013.
“I’m interested, and excited about hearing the opinions and needs of the Pierce County, and Rugby economic needs,” said Boschee. “The enthusiasm from Rugby is very positive especially in the downtown revitalization efforts I see going on.”
The need for ND state computer systems to talk to each other was discussed. It was asked why it takes five weeks to get a LLC license in North Dakota where elsewhere it is within a day or two. “The process is not computerized at this point in North Dakota, as well as many other applications in the systems do not share data,” Boschee explained. He agreed there is a great need to optimize systems at the state level to ensure that all have a quicker access to complete their business.
Stephanie Steinke, Prairie Village Museum director said, “Although we are lucky in that we can pick up the phone and call someone, and they will help us when we need it and we are still small enough to do that until and when we get these systems in place.” Boschee agreed the cost of these upgrades would be expensive but once in place, so many systems could be sharing information.
Erik Christenson, chief operating officer of HAMC and pharmacist, and farmer expressed the need for rural medicine to be supported, for the community to provide the services its people need.
Darylanna Durkee, new Chamber of Commerce executive director, and CVB director explained her thoughts on bringing new business to Rugby. “Rugby is an exciting place and its become a destination for young people to go shopping, out to eat and a meeting place,” she said. “And its a great place to start a new business.”
Boschee asked the group what were the important things they need to have accomplished in North Dakota that would benefit Pierce County and economic growth for Rugby. “We could really use the natural gas to bring new industry. It’s very expensive,” said Kevin Leier. Jessica Brossart, the JDA director agreed with Leier. “We have been trying to get MDU to bring gas to Rugby. But the cost is very high, but we will continue to explore our options and potential funding.”
To ask other questions or have Boschee address concerns, he can be contacted at joshfornd.com.