North Dakota attorney general Wayne dies suddenly

Wayne Stenehjem (R),
the long-serving Attorney General of North Dakota, died unexpectedly on Friday at the age of 68, according to his spokesperson Liz Brocker.

"The Office of
Attorney General regrets to inform you that Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem died away unexpectedly on Friday, January 28, 2022," Brocker stated.

"We understand Wayne
was a much regarded and well-known public person," she said, "but we respectfully request that his family be given time to grieve in private."

The attorney general's brother, Allan Stenehjem, informed The Bismarck Tribune that the event had nothing to do with COVID-19.

"Wayne personified
public service, both as a committed lawmaker and as the longest-serving attorney general in our state's 133-year history," Burgum said in a statement.

The governor also
directed that flags be flown at half-staff to honor the late North Dakota attorney general.

Other politicians in
North Dakota used social media to pay tribute to the state's long-serving chief enforcement officer.

 Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) tweeted, "Kris and I are sorry to learn of the loss of North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem."

He was a good friend
and a reliable coworker to me. Wayne was a real patriot who devoted his life to public service and the betterment of our beautiful country.