will be part of 'Saving North Dakota'Will discuss depopulation of North Dakota
Valley City's own Steve Welken
will be one of 28 participants in Thursday's "Saving North Dakota" Roundtable.
It will be a statewide television broadcast from 7 to 9 p.m. and can be watched on WDAY-TV Channel 6.Welken
, 28, says he's
not sure why he
was chosen and he
wasn't sure what he
was getting into at first.
"I thought it was going to be a roundtable discussion (to be held on the North Dakota State University campus) with maybe a reporter present," he
says with a laugh.When he
found out it was going to be televised statewide, he
thought maybe he
had bitten off more than he
The panelists, all aged from 21 to 34 years old, will discuss the depopulation in North Dakota and how to stop it.Welken
says it all started with the youth initiative measure that was presented for a vote last November (and defeated), which brought the exodus of North Dakota's youth to the attention of voters.The Forum of Fargo and Moorhead
has been a running series of articles about the problem, and now WDAY-TV will conduct the Thursday night TV production.Welken, who is chief financial officer and part owner of Grotberg Electric in Valley City, says he isn't sure how the roundtable discussion will go, but he's somewhat prepared to answer a variety of questions.He
has some impressions and ideas he's
willing to share.
A 1992 graduate of Valley City High School
and a '97 graduate of Valley City State University
earned a degree in business administration, Welken
likes Valley City
and what he's
has no desire to leave for greener pastures although he's
been offered more money at different jobs elsewhere.
"I feel this is where I belong," he
says.Welken had worked as a technical support specialist with Great Plains Software in Fargo for a time prior to his present job.Welken considers himself lucky to be in the position he's now in at such a young age.
"Everyone's looking for a place where they are comfortable.I'm lucky to have found that early," he
job is challenging and it "keeps my motors running."He's
part-owner of Grotberg Electric
along with eight other businessmen.Welken is active in the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the university's foundation board.