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On-the-spot hiring

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is sponsoring an unprecedented hiring event in St. Paul next week to attract veterinarians to federal jobs. The department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the largest employer of veterinarians in the country, and needs more of them to replace retiring workers and keep up with expanding businesses. The vets are responsible for overseeing the effectiveness of food safety systems, often by enforcing federal meat and poultry inspection regulations at processing plants around the country.

A three-day veterinarian recruitment fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 24 to 26 at the Warren E. Burger Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse located at 316 North Robert Street in St. Paul.

At the event, veterinarians may apply for jobs, be interviewed and medically examined, and potentially be provided a tentative offer – all within the same week. Same week job offers are very unusual for the federal government, said a spokesman, but that’s the goal of the fair.

As with other career fairs, applicants need to bring a resume, photo ID, and academic and employment history to complete the required documents. They are also encouraged to log onto www.USAJobs.gov in advance of the event to inspect FSIS vacancy announcements.

Life Time's Akradi named Northern Oil's lead director

Northern Oil & Gas’ chairman of the board has resigned, while another company director, Bahram Akradi, has been appointed “Lead Independent Director.”

Rich Weber, who has been chairman since January 2016, resigned from Northern Oil’s board Monday to focus more time on his role as CEO and chairman of PennEnergy Resources, according to a filing with federal securities regulators.

PennEnergy is an oil and gas company particularly active in Pennsylvania. Weber had been a director at Minnetonka-based Northern Oil since August 2011.

In a press statement, Akradi said Northern Oil “wishes to thank Rich for his tireless service as chairman.”

Akradi, CEO of Chanhassen-based Life Tme Fitness, is Northern Oil’s second largest shareholder with an approximately 10 percent stake. He was appointed to Northern Oil’s board in July.

Northern Oil, which invests in leases and drilling projects in North Dakota’s oil fields, has been battered by the downturn in the nation’s oil industry since late 2014.

Still, the company Wednesday raised expectations for the fourth quarter, upping its oil production guidance.

Northern Oil’s stock is trading around $1.70. It’s 52-week low is 63 cents; its high, $4.