MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s long-time Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem passed away last week.
The state’s political world is still reeling from the loss. Stenehjem was a beloved and respected figure, not because he was some wishy-washy out to make everybody happy, but because even when you found yourself disagreeing with the man, you couldn’t quibble with his integrity.
He’ll be missed.
Alas, life goes on, and North Dakota’s constitution requires that Gov. Doug Burgum appoint a replacement even though the Attorney General’s Office was already going to be on this year’s November ballot. And even if Burgum didn’t have that mandate, it would be a mistake to let such a consequential office sit empty for so long.
An appointment is going to be made, and I would expect the announcement to come quickly after Stenehjem’s funeral ceremonies this week.