CROSBY, N.D. (AP) — Longtime newspaperman and former state Sen. John Andrist has died.

Steve Andrist says his father died Wednesday morning in Fargo from complications of a stroke he suffered earlier. He was 86.

The Republican from Crosby was first elected to the Senate in 1992, serving District 2 in the northwestern corner of the state. He resigned his seat in 2014 due to declining health.

He had been known for being an advocate of rural North Dakota and a leader in helping to solve problems created by the rapid growth of the state's oil and gas industry.

Andrist was a retired publisher and past-president of both the North Dakota Newspaper Association and the National Newspaper Association.

He wrote newspaper columns for more than 60 years for the Crosby Journal.