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Fed official named state transportation chief

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ST. PAUL - A federal highway administrator honored for his work following the Minneapolis bridge collapse becomes Minnesota's new transportation commissioner next week.

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Tom Sorel brings "an established record of transportation leadership," Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Monday in announcing Sorel's appointment.

Sorel has spent three years as head of the Minnesota Federal Highway Administration office and won a federal honor for his division's response to the Aug. 1 bridge collapse.

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