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Dave Frederickson (center) and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar listen to Marty Carson, Research Leader at the ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory in this file photograph fron the University of Minnesota. Frederickson was named Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner by Gov.-elect Mark Dayton after serving as Klobuchar's Outreach Director for Agriculture.

Frederickson to replace Hugoson as ag commissioner

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By Don Davis

State Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL -- A U.S. Senate staff member and former National Farmers' Union president will be the next Minnesota agriculture commissioner.

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Dave Frederickson was Gov.-elect Mark Dayton's pick Tuesday, ending Gene Hugoson's tenure of serving three governors.

Dayton has "a deep understanding and commitment to agricultural issues," Frederickson said.

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