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Fargo Rep. Belter returns to Legislature after surgery

BISMARCK - North Dakota Speaker of the House Wes Belter returned to the Legislature on Monday after about a two-week absence for medical reasons. The Fargo Republican had surgery to remove an intestinal blockage caused by 60-year-old appendectomy...

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Rep. Wes Belter, R-Fargo
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BISMARCK – North Dakota Speaker of the House Wes Belter returned to the Legislature on Monday after about a two-week absence for medical reasons.

The Fargo Republican had surgery to remove an intestinal blockage caused by 60-year-old appendectomy scarring.

Belter thanked Rep. Bill Devlin, R-Finley, for substituting as House speaker in his absence. Devlin continued to run the floor session Monday.

“I’m well on the way to recovery,” Belter said in a floor speech. “I just need to regain my strength back. And then I also need to figure out how I’m going to keep the 14 pounds off that I lost.”

Belter, a farmer, has served in the House since 1995.

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