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Nelson named ND energy impact coordinator

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A retired Hess Corp. manager has been tapped by Gov. Jack Dalrymple to serve as western North Dakota's energy impact coordinator.

The governor says Rory Nelson, of Williston, will work in the state's oil and gas region to help meet the challenges that come with rapid development.

Nelson replaces Wayne Biberdorf who is retiring.

Dalrymple says Nelson's extensive experience in the petroleum industry and his lifelong roots in the Williston Basin will be a great asset.

Nelson grew up ranching and farming on the north bank of the Missouri River near Bainville, Mont., about nine miles west of the North Dakota border. He worked for Hess for 30 years, holding engineering and management positions until he retired in November.

The state's energy impact coordinator maintains an office at Williston State College.