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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Tenzin Dolkar to serve as state rail director. Dolkar succeeds Alene Tchourumoff, who left the post in June after Dayton appointed her chair of the Metropolitan Council.
Dolkar most recently served as senior policy adviser to Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. In that role, her work focused on transportation, agriculture, elections, and military affairs and veterans' affairs. In this role, Dolkar collaborated with former Rail Director Tchourumoff on Dayton's rail priorities, according to a press release issued by Dayton's office.
As state rail director, Dolkar will lead the administration's efforts to enhance rail safety, pursue needed infrastructure improvements, continue training and support for first responders, monitor rail movements, and coordinate with communities and railroads to ensure safe and efficient operation of rail systems across the state.
"Tenzin Dolkar has done tremendous work as my chief policy adviser on transportation and agriculture during the past two years," said Dayton. "Her experience working with Minnesota's rail companies and with farmers, who need to get their commodities to market, has prepared her very well to serve as the state of Minnesota's rail director."