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Dickinson attorney named service admin

BISMARCK (AP) -- Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has appointed a Dickinson attorney as the new administrator of the North Dakota Mediation Service.

Bethany Abrams worked for a Minnesota district judge and as an attorney in Minneapolis before joining a Dickinson law firm and specializing in creditor rights, lending industry issues and domestic conflict resolution.

The state Agriculture Department's Mediation Service was started in 1984 to help farmers and ranchers resolve disputes with creditors. It has since expanded to also handle disputes over energy development and wildlife depredation.