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Gov. Jack Dalrymple, First Lady want us to ‘create the future’

by Kent Brick

Governor Dalrymple and wife, Betsy.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple with First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, at the governor's desk. (Photo by Kent Brick)

For the Dalrymple family, a prosperous legacy of wheat farming in the state began in 1875. Today, Gov. Jack Dalrymple aims to solidify the state’s surging economic growth, creating an era of statewide prosperity meant to last for years to come.

Last November, North Dakota voters elected Jack Dalrymple to a four-year term as governor. 2013 marks the third year of Dalrymple’s tenure as chief executive. In late 2010, he stepped up to the office from his position as lieutenant governor, succeeding John Hoeven, who resigned as governor to begin serving as United States senator. Drew Wrigley continues to serve as the current lieutenant governor.

Recently, the governor and Betsy Dalrymple sat down with North Dakota Living for a wide-ranging conversation about their lives, plans and hopes for their prosperous state.

Family farm values
The original Dalrymple homestead, near Casselton, is the home base for his family, the governor pointed out.

“In 1972, right after we got married, Betsy and I moved into the home that was built by my great-grandfather,” Gov. Dalrymple said. “I grew up on the farm – it was a true farm, rural upbringing. Even though we weren't that far away from Fargo – just 20 miles away in Casselton – we didn't go to Fargo very often. We would work six days a week and on Saturday night, we would stay home at the farm.”

The Dalrymples have four grown daughters and feel a farm and small-town environment have been good for their family.

“We loved raising our daughters on the farm,” Betsy said. “I think it is a part of their personalities now.” She said the values of rural America and the feelings of a community that cares about them is “a trait that our girls will always carry with them.”

Gov. Dalrymple said farm life imprinted lasting values on him. “My parents taught me the value of hard work,” he said. “They taught me the value of being close as a family and that there are other things in life than just personal success.”

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