Jim Fuglie is a native of Hettinger, ND, a U.S. Navy veteran (1968-1972) and majored in communications at Dickinson State College (now Dickinson State University) in Dickinson, ND. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, as a speechwriter and communications director for North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Myron Just and as Executive Director of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party.
In 1985, Jim was appointed North Dakota Tourism Director by Governor George Sinner and served in that post until 1992. He later worked as Development Director for the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation and as public relations director for Kranzler Kingsley Communications in Bismarck. He retired in 2009 and he and his wife Lillian, the retired Director of Library Services at Dickinson State University, now live in Bismarck.
He is active in, and has served on the boards of, numerous non-profit organizations, including the Board of Directors of the International Peace Garden. He writes about politics and prairie literature on this blog, http://theprairieblog.areavoices.com/.