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Obama camp opening 5 more ND offices

BISMARCK - The Barack Obama campaign is opening five more offices in North Dakota today, including a second one in Fargo, and one each in Jamestown and Dickinson.

Jan Messerschmidt, communications director for the campaign, said the others are in Devils Lake and Williston. The new ones bring the total to nine in the state. He said they are open seven days a week.

The new offices will have public opening ceremonies this evening for volunteers, staff and supporters.

The new Fargo office is a 745 45th St. S., Suite B. The Jamestown office is in the Buffalo City Mall and in Dickinson the address is 41 E. Villard Av.

Williston's office is at 205 Main St. and in Devils Lake at 303 Fifth Ave.

A longtime North Dakota politician said the size of the Obama effort here may be unprecedented in state presidential campaigns.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Wayne Sanstead, said the biggest campaign presence he can remember for either party was when Vice President Hubert Humphrey campaign had four staff people in North Dakota in 1968.

"We just thought that was the greatest thing in the world," he said Thursday.

Humphrey also visited North Dakota to speak during the campaign, he said. Sanstead has been involved in party politics in the state since at least 1964, when he was elected to the Legislature from Minot. He later served as lieutenant governor for eight years and was elected state superintendent in 1984.

North Dakota Republicans have said the McCain campaign is organized statewide but with all local volunteers.