Farmer picked to replace senator who resigned due to health

March 22, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A farmer from eastern North Dakota has been chosen to replace a state senator who resigned due to health reasons.

Sixty-two-year-old Randy Lemm was chosen Friday by District 20 Republicans to replace Arne Osland of Mayville.

Osland notified legislative leaders on Monday that he was stepping down. Colleagues say the 77-year-old retired farmer and businessman recently suffered a stroke and is convalescing in Arizona.

Lemm farms near Hillsboro and says he’s never held an elected office before. He says he will join the Legislature in Bismarck next week.

Lemm says he intends to run for the seat permanently in 2020.

District 20 includes all of Traill County and parts of Grand Forks and Cass Counties.