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Associated Press, Published November 30 2012

Dalrymple taps top Hoeven aide to fill seat on regulatory board

BISMARCK — A top aide to North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven has been picked for the state Public Service Commission.

Julie Fedorchak will succeed Republican Kevin Cramer on the state regulatory board in January.

Cramer was elected to the U.S. House this month. He is resigning his commission seat at year's end.

Fedorchak is director of Hoeven's North Dakota staff. The 44-year-old Fedorchak worked as a spokeswoman for former Republican Gov. Ed Schafer in the 1990s.

The commission regulates coal mining, land reclamation, pipelines, electric and gas utilities, grain elevators, telecommunications and auctioneers.

Fedorchak says she has a “solid understanding” of North Dakota's energy industry, which is a big part of the commission's work.

She says other commissioners tell her it's important to be curious and to represent consumer interests.