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ND is Nation's Best-Run State

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An annual 24/7 Wall Street study named North Dakota as the best-run state in the nation, but state leaders aren't sitting back and basking in the accomplishment. Instead, they're determined to keep moving things forward.

The state's high graduation rate is just one thing the study looked at when choosing this year's best run-state. The study also looked at financial health, standard of living, and government services to determine how well a state is managed.

North Dakota came out on top over states like Wyoming, Nebraska, and Utah.  State leaders say it's a flattering designation, but not a sign of finished work. "We have to keep in mind there's always more work to be done," cautioned Governor. Dalrymple. "There are always more challenges to work on. We are not going to rest on our laurels."

For ND students, it's a sign that there will still be good jobs available when it's time to enter the workforce, and Bismarck senior Caitlyn Carlson recognizes the benefits: "I don't really know what I'm gonna do yet," she admits, "but having a lot of options and opportunities is a good feeling."

Governor Dalrymple says he's optimistic about North Dakota's chances for hanging on to the title for years to come. However, he reminds North Dakotans that, although there are a lot of good circumstances in the state, having a well-run state also involves a lot of effort by people in different positions.


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