More than 3,000 join Gov. Burgum for inauguration party in Bismarck

By January 10, 2017Uncategorized

BISMARCK—Doug Burgum’s inauguration as North Dakota’s 33rd governor was celebrated at the Bismarck Event Center Wednesday, Jan. 4.

The evening affair brought together a range of elected leaders from all levels of government. Tribal leaders also joined Burgum on stage, where Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford listened to a drum circle from the Oakdale Singers of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation and received a tribal gift.

More than 3,000 were in attendance at the celebration, according to estimates supplied by an event organizer to Burgum’s spokesman Mike Nowatzki.

Wednesday night’s celebration was the third in the day’s public events to mark Burgum’s inauguration. A breakfast focused on substance abuse issues, while a luncheon revolved around tribal affairs.

The event included musical performances from Tigirlily, a musical duo made up of two sisters from North Dakota, and Jared Mason, a former cast member of the Medora Musical who has performed on Broadway.

No state funds were used for Wednesday’s inauguration events, Nowatzki said. It’s organized by the Inaugural Citizens Committee and funding comes from donations, he said.

The leading sponsor of the celebration event was Whiting Petroleum, according to an event program. Other sponsors included Microsoft, where Burgum was an executive.

Burgum, a Republican, was elected in November after campaigning as an outsider to state government.