BISMARCK, N.D. — A search committee reviewing applicants for a new North Dakota land commissioner has narrowed the field to eight people.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the committee narrowed the selection from 32 applicants on Thursday.

The names of candidates were not named under a new state law that took effect Aug. 1. Interviews are scheduled next week.

Incumbent Lance Gaebe (GAY’-bee) was appointed in 2010 by then-Gov. John Hoeven and his term expires at the end of the year. He reapplied for the position.

The commissioner manages the state Land Department. The agency leases rights for grazing rights and rights to produce oil, coal and gravel from state lands.

The state Board of University and School Lands oversees the Land Department. Gov. Doug Burgum is chairman of the board.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune,

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