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Associated Press, Published November 12 2012

ND governor has no timeline for picking new PSC member

BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he doesn't have a timeline for choosing a new state public service commissioner.

Incumbent commissioner Kevin Cramer was elected to the U.S. House last week. He says he'll stay on the commission until the end of the year.

The commission regulates utilities, coal mining, pipelines, grain elevators, telecommunications and auctioneers.

It has three members. Cramer's term has four years left to run. The person Dalrymple appoints will have to run for election in 2014 to keep the job.

The commission will have two new members in January. One will be Cramer's replacement. The second is Hazen Republican state Sen. Randy Christmann.

Christmann was elected to the PSC last week. He defeated Democrat Brad Crabtree.

The third commissioner is Republican Chairman Brian Kalk.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.