Search for new N.D. Land Department commissioner down to 3 candidates

The search for a new state land commissioner is narrowing.

One applicant is Lance Gaebe, who was appointed in 2010 by then-Gov. John Hoeven. His term expires at the end of the year, but he reapplied for the position and is a finalist.

The others are Douglas Lee, who most recently worked as general manager of KLJ Progress Solutions in Bismarck, and Jodi Smith, who worked as a Sanford Health Foundation vice president.

The commissioner manages the North Dakota Land Department.