Youth Counci appointments
Kayla Effertz, at podium, will lead the Youth Office at the North Dakota Department of Commerce. Effertz will also continue managing the Operation Intern and Career Awareness programs at the Commerce Department. In back are from left Rep. Karen Karls, Department of Commerce commissioner Shane Goettle and Governor John Hoeven. The announcement was held at a press conference in the state capitol in Bismarck. (TOM STROMME/Tribune)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. John Hoeven has appointed a state Youth Council and established a "youth office'' in North Dakota's Department of Commerce.

Hoeven says the moves will help consolidate the state's efforts to attract young people to North Dakota and convince new college graduates to remain in the state.

The Legislature authorized the Youth Council this year. It has 21 members, 16 of whom are ages 17 to 25. Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple will be the chairman.

Kayla Effertz is the director of the newly established Youth Office. She says it will help make young people more aware of career opportunities in North Dakota.

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