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ND lawmakers memorialize departed members

BISMARCK - North Dakota legislators paused Tuesday in their business of deliberating bills to conduct memorial services for departed members. The Senate and House each hold such a service every session to remember colleagues who have died since t...

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BISMARCK - North Dakota legislators paused Tuesday in their business of deliberating bills to conduct memorial services for departed members.

The Senate and House each hold such a service every session to remember colleagues who have died since the previous session.

The Senate members memorialized:

  • Sen. Arnold Bjorlie, 87, represented Nelson County 1948-52. Died April 27, 2008, in Fargo.
  • Sen. Richard "Dick" Brown, 70, represented Fargo's District 27 2004-06. Died Nov. 1, 2008, in Fargo.
  • Sen. Harold "Hal" Christensen, 72, represented Minot in the Senate 1974-86 and in the House 1972-74. Died Jan. 15, 2008, in Woodburn, Ore.
  • Sen. Orville "Ike" Hagen, 91, represented McKenzie County in Senate 1952-56. Also was a lieutenant governor and state labor commissioner. Died June 24, 2007, in Watford City, N.D.
  • Sen. Ken Solberg, 67, represented Rugby area, District 7, 1990-2002. Died Oct. 7, 2007, in Rugby.
  • Sen. Jens Tennefos, 78, represented south Fargo in the Senate 1976-1996 and in the House 1974-76. Died May 14, 2008, in Fargo.
  • Sen. Bronald Thompson, 96, represented Oberon, N.D., area, now District 23, in the Senate 1958-66. Also was a chairman of the state Workers Compensation Commission. Died Oct. 30, 2007, in Grand Forks.
  • Sen. Kenneth Tweten, 79, represented rural Grand Forks County in the Senate 1972-76, in the House 1958-72, and also was on the state Board of Higher Education. Died April 24, 2008, in Grand Forks. House members memorialized were:

  • Rep. Jack Bernabucci, Jamestown, served 1967-70, born 1930, died Feb. 10, 2008.
  • Rep. Sam Bloom, Alkabo, 1959-66, born 1915, died Dec. 23, 2008.
  • Rep. Russell Boutilier, Granville, 1963-64, born 1914, died Jan. 25, 2009.
  • Rep. Eugene R. Dahl, Gwinner, 1967-70, born 1924, died July 23, 2008.
  • Rep. Dean Hildebrand, Devils Lake, 1971-76, born 1937, died Sept. 10, 2008.
  • Rep. Peter S. Hilleboe, Fargo, 1965-76, born 1921, died Nov. 18, 2008.
  • Rep. Myron Koppang, Wahpeton, 1999-2002, born 1936, died March 4, 2008.
  • Rep. Bruce W. Larson, Sheyenne, 1977-78, 1981-84, born 1924, died Sept. 30, 2007.
  • Rep. Clarence P. Loewen, Hazen, 1957-62, born 1918, died Jan. 14, 2008.
  • Rep. Gilman Peterson, New England, 1961-62, born 1913, died Sept. 6, 2008.
  • Rep. John "Jack" Riley, Fargo, 1983-86, born 1934, died March 2, 2007.
  • Rep. Leland Sabby, Valley City, 1995-98, born 1920, died Dec. 7, 2008.
  • Rep. Warren Schuett, Wahpeton, 1975-78, born 1918, died Dec. 27, 2007.
  • Rep. Bruce Van Sickle, Minot, 1957-60, born 1917, died April 21, 2007.
  • Rep. John S. Whittlesey, Fargo, 1965-66, born 1921, died July 16, 2008.
  • Rep. Ray H. Wikenheiser, Linton, 1999-2004, born 1932, died April 27, 2007.

Information obtained from Senate and House memorial services programs and North Dakota Blue Book.
Cole works for Forum Communications Co., which owns The Forum. She can be reached at (701) 224-0830 or forumcap@btinet.net

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