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Former North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad is mourning the death of Dakota, his beloved dog and best friend. Reached from his Washington home on Sunday night, Conrad said the bichon frise died last Wednesday afternoon due to complications from lymphoma.
North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad bid farewell to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, saying he treasured his 26 years of service there but lamenting what he sees as an erosion of the spirit of bipartisanship in the last quarter century.
More than 120 came to give their thanks to the longtime senator, who is stepping down within weeks after 26 years of service. Officials from the city of Grand Forks, Grand Forks Air Force Base and UND were among those in attendance.
Kent Conrad sent tremors through North Dakota’s political landscape when he announced on Jan. 18, 2011, he would not seek a fifth term in the U.S. Senate. The decision was an aftershock to the political earthquake delivered a year earlier, on Jan. 5, 2010, when Sen. Byron Dorgan, a fellow Democrat, announced he would retire from politics.
Retiring Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., says he could fix the fiscal cliff in about 20 minutes. “It’s amazing at how easy it is to do, actually, if you have no one that you have to persuade but yourself,” the retiring senator quipped in a Forum Editorial Board meeting Thursday.
Before the end of the year, Congress must agree on a plan to reduce the federal deficit or face drastic, automatic across-the-board cuts to almost all federal programs totaling more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years.
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