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Former N.D. tax commissioner takes MDU position

BISMARCK -- Former North Dakota tax commissioner Cory Fong is taking over as communications director for MDU Resources Group Inc. The company announced Fong will replace Rick Matteson as head of communications on Feb. 1. Matteson is serving as in...

BISMARCK -- Former North Dakota tax commissioner Cory Fong is taking over as communications director for MDU Resources Group Inc.

The company announced Fong will replace Rick Matteson as head of communications on Feb. 1. Matteson is serving as interim director of investor relations before retiring.

“Cory has a strongly established background in politics. He is well-connected, is adept at building and maintaining relationships and is good at respectfully bringing people together on issues,” said MDU Resources CEO David Goodin. “Cory will help us manage government regulations that impact, or have the potential to impact, our operations.”

Fong will direct the company’s legislative activities and work with industry organizations on behalf of the company.

Fong is currently a public affairs senior specialist at Odney marketing firm in Bismarck. Prior to that, he was state tax commissioner from 2005 to 2013, deputy commissioner for the North Dakota Department of Commerce, deputy secretary of state and director of elections.

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