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Published April 26, 2013, 02:20 PM

Hoeven: Governor Guy 'modernized North Dakota'

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven says that his earliest memories of public service involve former state Gov. William Guy.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven says that his earliest memories of public service involve former state Gov. William Guy.

Hoeven says the Democrat "modernized North Dakota and brought us into the 20th Century." Guy called it a "transformative era."

Guy died Friday at age 93. He'd served as governor from 1961-1973.

Hoeven says that Guy was one of the first people to recognize the state's potential when it came to energy, especially coal and oil.

Says Hoeven, "He also knew the tremendous importance of agriculture to our economy, and was one of the first to identify the potential of value-added agriculture, like sugar beet refining, to get the most out of our largest industry."

Hoeven says North Dakotans owe Guy a debt of gratitude.

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