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Published May 02, 2012, 03:47 PM

No sign of drinking before North Dakota senator's death

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A police report says former North Dakota Republican Senate majority leader Bob Stenehjem (STEN'-jum) didn't have alcohol or illegal drugs in his system when he was killed in an SUV rollover.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A police report says former North Dakota Republican Senate majority leader Bob Stenehjem (STEN'-jum) didn't have alcohol or illegal drugs in his system when he was killed in an SUV rollover.

Stenehjem was in Alaska on a family fishing trip when he died last July. The 59-year-old Stenehjem was driving north of Homer, Alaska, when his SUV went off the road and overturned.

Stenehjem wasn't wearing a seat belt, and he was thrown from the vehicle. Stenehjem's son suffered a broken right wrist, and his grandson was treated at a hospital and released.

The group had been out fishing late the night before. According to an Alaska state police report on the crash, a witness said the SUV was weaving before the accident.

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