- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man has been named acting administrator of the Rural Utilities Service at the Agriculture Department.

Fargo native Jasper Schneider has spent the last five years as North Dakota’s director for USDA Rural Development. He previously served as a Democratic state representative and ran unsuccessfully for state insurance commissioner.

The Rural Utilities Service is responsible for supporting and expanding public utilities, including electricity, telephone, high-speed Internet, and water systems.

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says she looks forward to working with Schneider to “promote economic growth in North Dakota and throughout all of rural America.”

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