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PIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has chosen two men to fill vacancies on the state Transportation Commission.

Larry Thompson, CEO of the Vantage Point Solutions telecommunications company at Mitchell, will succeed Kevin Schieffer, of Sioux Falls.

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Schieffer resigned earlier this year to accept an appointment from the governor to the state Board of Regents. The remainder of the term expires in April 2016.

Larry Thompson  Tim Dougherty, a Sioux Falls lawyer, will succeed Mike McDowell, who retired earlier this year from his job as CEO for Heartland Consumers Power District at Madison.

The remainder of the term expires in April 2014.

The commission has nine members whose major responsibilities include setting the annual construction plan, approving the winter maintenance plan and approving project bids.