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Grand Portage National Monument gets new superintendent

Craig Hansen

Craig Hansen, a 14-year veteran of the National Park Service, has been named superintendent of Grand Portage National Monument on the North Shore.

Hansen has most recently served as superintendent of Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in Stanton, N.D. He'll start at Grand Portage on March 19.

Hansen began his federal career as a park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Minneapolis and northern Minnesota. He earned his bachelor of science degree in recreation, parks and leisure services through Minnesota State University Mankato.

Hansen, his wife, Kasha, and their two children will move to the area in the coming months.

Longtime Grand Portage superintendent Tim Cochrane announced his retirement in December.

The monument is jointly administered by the federal government and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

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