John Walstad, longtime North Dakota Legislature lawyer, dies

August 7, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — John Walstad, the North Dakota Legislature’s former top lawyer who spent more than three decades drafting bills for lawmakers, has died.

Waltstad’s wife, Jenne, says he died from lung cancer Sunday night in Bismarck. He was 66.

Walstad retired two years ago. He worked for the non-partisan legislative research agency for 35 years and served as its legal division director for nearly five of those years.

Walstad was known as a dapper dresser and for his dry humor, which often lightened intense legislative hearings.

Walstad attended North Dakota State University for two years and received a history degree from Minot State University. He received a law degree in 1978 from the University of North Dakota.

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