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From the N.D. Senate Floor – Chester Reiten Remembered

Senator Karen K. Krebsbach, District 40 – Minot, delivered the following speech at the North Dakota State Capital on Wednesday, January 24, 2013, in memory of Chester Reiten.

Mr. President:  May we be on the 4th order of business for point of personal priviledge?
Reply:  Yes we will be on the 4th order.

Yesterday the state of North Dakota and the city of Minot lost a dear friend.  A man larger than life — both in stature and in his achievements and contributions to this world. Chester M. Reiten at the age of 89 passed away with his loving wife, whom he often times referred to as “My Friend Joy” at his side.

Chester was a farm boy, a US Navy veteran, a graduate of North Dakota State University, and worked as a County Extension Agent in Wells County before entering the radio and television world.   He founded the KX Network with stations in Minot, Bismarck, Dickinson and Williston.  The television stations are still in the family today under the operation of his children.

Chester served in this body, the North Dakota Senate from 1972 – 1988 and filled the seat of District 40/50.  He served as Chairman of the Industry Business and Labor Committee. His booming voice could be heard well within these walls. He served as Mayor of Minot 14 years, and much of this while he was a State Senator.

One of his great accomplishments was the Norsk Hostfest, which this past fall (2012) celebrated its 35th year of bringing National and International acclaim to the state.  This event has brought thousands of International visitors and has created many lasting friendships through the years.

One of the greatest honors for Chester was his induction into the Roughrider Hall of Fame. His picture hangs in the ground floor of the capital along with other great North Dakotans.

A true entrepreneur, developer, promoter –  but most importantly a good decent citizen was Chester.  He truly will be missed.

Senator Karen K. Krebsbach
District 40 – Minot