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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Assistant Fargo Fire Chief Gary Lorenz has been named fire chief in Grand Forks.

Mayor Mike Brown appointed Lorenz to replace Peter O’Neill, who retired in January after 44 years of service with the department.

Lorenz has served with Fargo’s fire department for 28 years. He’s expected to start his duties in Grand Forks in May.