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Stenehjem appoints new criminal investigation director

BISMARCK - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has appointed Lonnie Grabowska as the director of the state's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, his office announced Thursday, Oct. 25.

Grabowska was the bureau's deputy director. His appointment came two weeks after the former director, Dallas Carlson, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. marshal for the District of North Dakota.

"With over twenty years of law enforcement experience, including ten years as a supervisor and the past five years as deputy director at BCI, Lonnie was an obvious choice," Stenehjem said in a statement.

Grabowska, who formerly worked for the Morton County Sheriff's office and the Mandan Police Department, started working for the BCI as a special agent in 2003 and was assigned to the Drug Task Force. He was promoted to deputy director in 2012.

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