MDU RESOURCES GROUP INC
SC 13G, 1999-02-16
GAS & OTHER SERVICES COMBINED
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                                  UNITED STATES
                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                  SCHEDULE 13G
                                 (RULE 13D-102)

                        INFORMATION STATEMENT PURSUANT TO
                              RULES 13D-1 AND 13D-2
                    UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
                                (AMENDMENT NO. )*



                            MDU RESOURCES GROUP, INC.
                                (Name of Issuer)


                                  COMMON STOCK
                         (Title of Class of Securities)


                                    552690109
                                 (CUSIP Number)



*The  remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting  person's
initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and
for any  subsequent  amendment  containing  information  which  would  alter the
disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed
to be "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the  Securities  Exchange  Act of
1934 ("Act") or otherwise  subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act
but  shall be  subject  to all other  provisions  of the Act  (however,  see the
Notes).



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                                  SCHEDULE 13G


CUSIP NO. 552690109                                            PAGE 2 OF 4 PAGES
MDU RESOURCES GROUP, INC.


1.   NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
     S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

     NEW YORK LIFE TRUST COMPANY                 EIN # 13-3808042

2.   CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*    (a) [  ]
                                                          (b) [  ]

3.   SEC USE ONLY

4.   CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

     NEW YORK, NEW YORK

NUMBER OF            5.       SOLE VOTING POWER                  6,066,214
SHARES
BENEFICIALLY         6.       SHARED VOTING POWER                     0
OWNED BY
EACH                 7.       SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER             6,066,214
REPORTING
PERSON               8.       SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER                0
WITH

9.   AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH
     REPORTING PERSON                                            6,066,214

10.  CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9)
     EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES* [  ]

11.  PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW 9               11.44%

12.  TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

                  BK

                      *SEE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE FILLING OUT






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                                  SCHEDULE 13G


CUSIP NO. 552690109                                            PAGE 3 OF 4 PAGES
MDU RESOURCES GROUP, INC.



Item 1(a)    Name of Issuer:  MDU RESOURCES GROUP, INC.

Item 1(b)    Address of Issuer's principal executive offices:

             SCHUCHART BUILDING
             918 EAST DIVIDE AVENUE
             BISMARCK, ND 58506-5650

Item 2(a)    Name of person filing:  NEW YORK LIFE TRUST COMPANY

Item 2(b)    Address of principal business office:

             51 MADISON AVENUE, ROOM 117A
             NEW YORK, NY  10010

Item 2(c)    Citizenship:  SEE ITEM 4 OF COVER PAGE

Item 2(d)    Title of class of securities:      SEE COVER PAGE

Item 2(e)    Cusip No.:  SEE COVER PAGE

Item 3(b)    Type of Person:  SEE ITEM 12 OF COVER PAGE

Item 4(a)    Amount  beneficially  owned:  New York Life Trust  Company,  in its
             capacity as trustee of the MDU Resources  Group,  Inc. Tax Deferred
             Compensation  Savings Plan, may be deemed the  beneficial  owner of
             6,066,214  shares of common  stock of the issuer which are owned by
             the Plan on behalf of numerous participants.

Item 4(b)    Percentage of class:           11.44%

Item 4(c)    For information regarding voting and dispositive power with respect
             to the above listed shares see items 5-8 of Cover Page.

Item 5       Ownership of 5 percent or less of a class:    NOT APPLICABLE

Item 6       Ownership  of more than 5 percent  on  behalf  of  another  person:
             Shares  as to  which  this  schedule  is  filed  are  owned  by MDU
             Resources  Group,  Inc. Tax Deferred  Compensation  Savings Plan on
             behalf  of  numerous   participants,   which  participants  receive
             dividends  and the proceeds  for the sale of such  shares.  No such
             participant  is known to have such an interest with respect to more
             than 5% of the class except as follows: NONE




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                                  SCHEDULE 13G


CUSIP NO. 552690109                                            PAGE 4 OF 4 PAGES
MDU RESOURCES GROUP, INC.



Item 7       Identification  and  classification  of members  of the  subsidiary
             which acquired the security being reported on by the parent holding
             company: NOT APPLICABLE

Item 8       Identification and classification of members of the group:    NOT
             APPLICABLE

Item 9       Notice of dissolution of the group: NOT APPLICABLE

Item 10      Certification:

             By  signing  below I certify that, to the best of my  knowledge and
             belief,  the  securities  referred  to above were  acquired  in the
             ordinary  course of business  and were not acquired for the purpose
             of and do not  have the  effect  of  changing  or  influencing  the
             control of the issuer of such  securities  and were not acquired in
             connection with or as a participant in any transaction  having such
             purpose or effect.




                                    SIGNATURE

             After  reasonable  inquiry  and to the  best  of my  knowledge  and
             belief,  I certify that the information set forth in this statement
             is true, complete, and correct.


Dated: February 5, 1999


                                               /S/  WILLIAM V. ZALESKI         
                                               --------------------------------
                                               Name:  William V. Zaleski
                                               Title: President







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