Minot resident chosen to join rural development council

MINOT, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum has called on a Minot woman to join a statewide council aimed at developing rural communities.

Megan Laudenschlager has been named to the 12-person Rural Development Council.

Laudenschlager comes from a small rural town in North Dakota and a graduating class of five students.

She works with the non-profit, Strengthen N-D, and says she wants to help shift the focus back to developing rural towns impacted by the state's oil boom.

"A big piece of that will be, how do we repopulate rural North Dakota? How do we support meaningful economic development? Because we have so many great small towns out there that have these great community assets and perhaps aren't being utilized as much as they could be because we don't have the people out there to support them,” Laudenschlager said.

The council was discontinued in 2014 in the wake of the oil boom.

The group hasn't meet yet, but will likely gather the first week of April.