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  Jungroth, James R.
NameJames R. Jungroth
Jamestown, North Dakota , United States
Born September 10, 1925
Died March 15, 2011 (85 years)
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Ran for the U.S. Senate as an Independent in 1974, opposing the strip mining of ND's coal reserves. His support waned in the last days of the campaign, as Democrats recognized that William L. Guy was within striking range of Sen. Young.

Jamestown attorney James R. Jungroth, 85, died March 15, 2011, at his home.

Jungroth was born Sept. 10, 1925, in Jamestown, the son of Waldemar and Florence (Baenen) Jungroth.

He attended school in Jamestown. He volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1943 and served at Walterboro, N.C., as an aircraft mechanic.

After World War II, he attended Jamestown College and graduated in 1950 from the University of North Dakota with a law degree.

He worked for Farmer’s Union and later for J.A. Cottee and Henry MacKenzie law firm. He served as State’s Attorney of Stutsman County from 1960 to 1962.

He married Dolores Tazarek in Denver, Colo., in June 1961.

Jungroth was active in politics and was chairman of the State Democratic-NPL Party. He served in the North Dakota Legislature in 1965. Jim was Past President of the North Dakota Young Democrats and the last chairman of the Non-Partisan League. In 1970, he was chairman of Citizens Committee for Senator Quentin Burdick.

Jungroth was also an active conservationist. He was on the ND Water Commission and the ND Water Pollution Control Board from 1968 to 1974, and was president of the ND Wildlife Federation from 1973 to 1975. His concern over strip-mining and proposed river diversions for coal interests led him to run for the U.S. Senate on a conservation platform in 1974.

He is survived by a son, Eric, Jamestown. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

Service: none scheduled. Burial: Highland Home Cemetery, Jamestown.

New York Times 10/22/1974 [Link]


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  11/05/1974 ND US Senate Lost 2.82% (-45.63%)