Watch: The funeral for North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem died unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 28. The public funeral is being held at the Bismarck Event Center.

Andrew Stenehjem, son of North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, wipes away a tear during his father's funeral Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, at the Bismarck Civic Center.
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The longest serving attorney general in North Dakota history, Wayne Stenehjem died Friday at age 68, just a month after announcing his plans to retire at the end of this year.

Stenehjem was laid to rest during services held Thursday, Feb. 3 at the Bismarck Civic Center. Below are photos from the event:

Stenehjem was found unresponsive at his Bismarck home Friday morning and taken to the hospital, where he died that evening.

At an event announcing his plans to retire in December, Stenehjem said he was looking forward to spending more time traveling and spending time around Bismarck with his recently retired wife.


Stenehjem spent more than four decades in North Dakota government. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1976, where he served four years before crossing over the Senate, where he spent two decades.

He was elected attorney general in 2000 and went on to win five subsequent elections as the state's top law enforcement official.

A public visitation for Stenehjem was held Wednesday at the state Capitol. Below are photos from that event:

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