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Published January 06, 2011, 10:32 AM

Dayton Names DNR Head

Gov. Mark Dayton has chosen a former lobbyist from a land conservation group to head the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton has chosen a former lobbyist from a land conservation group to head the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Dayton announced Thursday that Thomas Landwehr will serve as commissioner of natural resources, overseeing state lands and waters, wildlife management and outdoor recreation.

Landwehr comes from the Minnesota chapter of the Nature Conservancy, a national group that aims to preserve land. He is a former Department of Natural Resources scientist and wildlife manager and has also worked at Ducks Unlimited.

Landwehr terminated his registration as a lobbyist for the Nature Conservancy on Tuesday.

He succeeds Mark Holsten, who headed the agency for the past four years.

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