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Senate OKs Smith for board despite critics

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BISMARCK -- The Senate confirmed Wahpeton attorney Richie Smith for a second term on the state Board of Higher Education on Wednesday despite some senators using the occasion to bash the board and the University System.

Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, voted to confirm but "with all the celebratory enthusiasm of a retreat from Moscow," blasting "a system which has allowed itself to be a cocoon, isolated and insulated from the rest of state government."

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