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Published April 14, 2010, 05:06 PM

Hoeven aide to become ND land commissioner

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. John Hoeven’s deputy chief of staff has been named as the new state land commissioner.

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. John Hoeven’s deputy chief of staff has been named as the new state land commissioner.

Lance Gaebe (GAY’-bee) said Tuesday he’ll take over the job this summer. Incumbent land commissioner Gary Preszler (PREZ’-lur) is retiring at the end of April.

The commissioner manages the state Land Department. The agency leases rights for grazing rights and rights to produce oil, coal and gravel from state lands.

The Land Department manages several state trust funds, including a fund that benefits public schools. It has nearly $1 billion in assets.

The state Board of University and School Lands oversees the Land Department. Hoeven is chairman of the board.

Gaebe will be paid $96,000 annually.

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