MINOT, N.D. — The Greater North Dakota Chamber says hosting Gov. Doug Burgum’s State of the State address in Minot last month cost around $25,000.

The governor’s decision to hold the speech in a location beyond Bismarck was outside the norm. North Dakota governors typically give State of the State addresses to the Legislature, which meets every other year.

The governor delivered last month’s address at Minot State University.

Chamber spokesman Jason Matthews told the Minot Daily News that all costs haven’t been tallied yet, but the event’s total expense is estimated to be about $25,000 for audio and video production, a reception, lunch and other ancillary costs.

“An event like this is not a small undertaking,” Matthews said.

The chamber sought sponsorships in amounts up to $2,500 and support from 13 businesses. Sponsors included Microsoft, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and Starion Bank.

“We did not make any money off of this event. The money that was raised was to cover the expenses,” said Matthews. “We view this as a service to the people of North Dakota. We were able to provide an opportunity for Governor Burgum to share his vision for North Dakota outside of Bismarck and in a forum open to the public.”

Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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