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  Remarkable Run Ends for ‘Team North Dakota’
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Last EditedJ.R.  Dec 28, 2010 08:30pm
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MediaNewspaper - New York Times
News DateWednesday, December 29, 2010 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWASHINGTON — By now, Senator Byron L. Dorgan, Senator Kent Conrad and Representative Earl Pomeroy — best friends and Democrats who spent the last 18 years serving as North Dakota’s entire Congressional delegation — are the stuff of so much political lore in their home state, it can be hard to separate the tall tales from reality.

In any case, it was the start of a remarkable joint venture in state and national politics for a trio known around Washington as Team North Dakota. Last week, in Congress at least, it took its final turn.

Mr. Dorgan has retired, having served for 18 years in the Senate and 12 years in the House before that. Mr. Pomeroy was defeated in his bid for a 10th term in November, one of the many veteran Democrats dispatched this year.

That leaves Mr. Conrad, who just finished his 24th year in the Senate, to soldier on alone. “It’s a very unusual thing that you go to work every day with your best friends,” Mr. Conrad said in an interview. “Not having the two of them here, it’s just going to be very different."
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