- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Towner County farmer Greg Westlind has been sworn in to replace the late Rep. Curtis Hofstad in the Legislature.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle (VAN’-duh-wahl) administered the oath of office to Westlind on Tuesday during a special session of the Legislature.

Hofstad died of an apparent heart attack in mid-June, in the middle of his latest term. He was 70 and had served in the state House since being first elected in 2006.

In a second solemn moment at the Capitol on Tuesday, House Speaker Wes Belter expressed condolences to House Minority Leader Kenton Onstad, whose mother died Monday night.

Onstad says his mother was 93 and had recently suffered a stroke.

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