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Theodore Roosevelt statue

A bronze statue of Theodore Roosevelt in the uniform he wore as a U.S. Army officer stands outside the town theater in downtown Medora.

The Board of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum named a new CEO Tuesday.

Edward O'Keefe begins his role immediately. He is a North Dakota native and CNN executive whose work as a Harvard fellow involving collections of Theodore Roosevelt papers has produced a book, "The Loves of Theodore Roosevelt," set to be published.

"As an entrepreneur with a proven track record of success in bringing big ideas from concept to reality, Ed O’Keefe is the best person to take the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum to the next level," Gov. Doug Burgum said in a statement.

Burgum championed the proposed library before the 2019 Legislature, which ultimately approved a $50 million endowment fund to operate the library that's to be constructed from $100 million in donations. The library is to be in the Medora area, the gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Fundraising is ongoing.

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O'Keefe will tour Medora on Thursday with Burgum, North Dakota U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

O'Keefe replaces Mike Eggl, who resigned effective July 31.

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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Capitol Reporter