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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2015              
MEDIA CONTACT: Leah Mohr, deputy executive director, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201 or (605) 280-4327

State PUC Commissioner Fiegen diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Kristie Fiegen has been diagnosed with curable breast cancer.

Fiegen said her annual mammogram displayed small calcium calcifications, similar to what has shown up on previous mammograms. A small mass was detected on a follow-up ultrasound. A biopsy confirmed it was cancer. The mass is a Grade 1. Fiegen's medical team has indicated that the early detection leads to a very good prognosis.

"I am grateful to my medical providers for this early diagnosis," Fiegen said. "My family is strong in our faith and appreciates the prayers and support of our many friends as we begin this fight."

A team of medical providers in Sioux Falls, S.D., is working with Fiegen to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. Fiegen said she expects to fully recover and continue her dedication to South Dakota and its consumers. She plans to be active in the business of the commission throughout her treatment.