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  North Dakota's GOP state Senate majority leader Bob Stenehjem killed in accident in Alaska
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Last EditedMr. Matt  Jul 18, 2011 09:49pm
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AuthorDALE WETZEL, Associated Press
News DateTuesday, July 19, 2011 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBISMARCK, N.D. — Bob Stenehjem, the Republican majority leader of the North Dakota Senate for a decade, was killed Monday when the SUV he was riding in overturned during a fishing trip in Alaska, family members said.

Stenehjem, 59, of Bismarck, had been on a halibut fishing vacation near Homer on the state's southern coast. He had been visiting his older brother, John, and his son, Rob, both of whom live in Alaska, said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Bob Stenehjem's brother.

The sport utility vehicle Bob Stenehjem was riding in went off the road and overturned, said Megan Peters, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Public Safety. Peters said she did not know who was driving the SUV, and said few details of the accident were available late Monday. She said she was unaware of any adverse driving conditions on the road, known locally as the Sterling Highway.

State law allows party activists in a deceased legislator's district to appoint his or her successor until an election is held. The job of choosing Stenehjem's successor as Republican majority leader will fall to the Legislature's group of Republican senators, who outnumber Democrats 35-12.
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