Doug Burgum, Sven Mickels, Lynda Mickels

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, center, shares a laugh with Portland Mayor Sven Mickels and his wife, Lynda, who turned out for a meet and greet Wednesday night at Norsemen Hall in Portland.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum took aim at the Biden administration’s decision to extend the closure of the U.S.-Canadian border Wednesday night during a stop at Norsemen Hall in Portland.

Nearly 100 people from Traill and neighboring counties joined District 20 lawmakers for an informal two-hour meet and greet with the Arthur, N.D., native and former software executive.

Burgum shook hands and mingled with guests munching on Mayville’s Pizza Shop pizza for a half-hour before addressing the crowd for 20 minutes.

During his remarks, Burgum offered lighthearted anecdotes revealing he learned to swim in Mayville as a kid and played his first football game against Mayville as an eighth-grader.

He credited Fargo attorney and Mayville native Robbie Lauf for convincing him to run for governor in 2016 and praised District 20 lawmakers for their work during the most recent legislative session.

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