- Associated Press - Monday, April 25, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Major League Baseball umpire Gary Cederstrom has been named grand marshal for this year’s North Dakota State Parade.

The July 23 parade in Minot will help kick off the 51st State Fair. The theme for the 35th annual parade is “North Dakota -Where Sports Shine.”

Cederstrom was born in Bismarck and graduated from Minot High School in 1973 and from Minot State University in 1979.

He’s spent nearly four decades umpiring professional baseball and is currently an MLB crew chief. He’s umpired in three World Series - including being crew chief for the 2015 World Series - and he was the crew chief for the 2014 All Star Game in Minneapolis.

Cederstrom maintains a home in Minot and returns to North Dakota to hunt and fish in the offseason.

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