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WAYNE STENEHJEM

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Wrigley was a formidable candidate even before Burgum's appointment gave him the advantage of incumbency.
Seven days after Wayne Stenehjem, the longest serving attorney general in North Dakota history, was found unresponsive in his Bismarck home, his wife attributed the cause to cardiac arrest and associated effects.
Wayne Stenehjem's unexpected death has captured the attention of the capital city in recent days. Friends and family eulogized him on Thursday as a figure whose long career in elected office, humor and physical stature loomed larger than life in North Dakota politics for years.

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North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem died unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 28. The public funeral is being held at the Bismarck Event Center.
Zaleski writes, "Wayne’s 40 plus years in public life as legislator and attorney general comprise a record unequaled in the modern era. His work as AG will endure as the standard by which future attorneys general are measured. His legacy is secure."
Stenehjem, the state’s longest-serving attorney general, died unexpectedly at the end of January. Jim Poolman, a former Republican lawmaker from Grand Forks, and who also served as the state’s Insurance Commissioner, reached out to the Alumni Association on behalf of Stenehjem’s family.
As the state mourns Wayne Stenehjem, the consensus in political circles seems to be that former lieutenant governor and former U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley will be appointed to replace him.
In the days since Wayne Stenehjem died, observers from all political corners have remembered him as a principled man who left a deep mark on North Dakota's government.
The longest-serving attorney general in North Dakota history died unexpectedly on Friday at 68 years old.

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The legacy the attorney general leaves behind is a shining example of what public service ought to be, and what it so often isn't today. Dignified. Selfless. Honorable.
Stenehjem's office said in a statement Friday night that the longtime attorney general died after his admission to the hospital that morning.
A school official frustrated with a reporter's coverage was able to convince a law enforcement agent to launch an investigation that included seizing that reporter's phone so she could comb through all the personal and professional information on it. That shouldn't have happened, and it cannot happen again.

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