Wayne Stenehjem was the best North Dakota had to offer


MINOT, N.D. — The last time I spoke to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, I was interviewing him about his retirement.

We talked about his career in the Legislature, where he was instrumental in creating North Dakota’s strong open records and open meetings laws, and reforming the state court system.

We talked about his time in the attorney general’s office, where he enforced those transparency laws, created North Dakota’s crime lab, and fought to protect the state from federal overreach.

After we were done recording the interview, we spent another 30 minutes talking. About the state of the Republican Party. Our families. What a challenge retirement can be for someone who loves their job.

That was Wayne.

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