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Dan Lipschultz named to Public Utilities Commission

Lipschultz, an attorney who has worked on utilities issues for years, replaces Dennis O’Brien on the commission.

Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed attorney Dan Lipschultz to a seat on the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the organization that regulates the state’s electric, natural gas and telephone services.

Lipschultz replaces Gov. Tim Pawlenty-appointee Dennis O’Brien — whose six-year term has expired — on the five-member commission.

Said Dayton:

“Mr. Lipschultz brings two decades of related professional experience to this extremely important position. I am confident that he will act wisely to protect the public’s interest in these matters.”

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The governor’s office said Lipschultz, currently with the Moss & Barnett law firm, has practiced law for 23 years in areas regulated by the PUC. He’s previously been assistant general counsel for McLeodUSA Telecom Inc. and had been an assistant state attorney general in the residential and small-business utilities division. And from 1990 to 1996, he was an attorney for the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.