The North Dakota Senate chamber pauses from the ritual of passing bills to remember former Senators who have passed away since the last session.
Every year the House and Senate hold memorial services for deceased members.
17 Senators were remembered during today's service.
Two of them, Senator Tom Fischer and Senator Bob Stenehjem were serving in the legislature at the time of their deaths.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem gave the memorial address, which of course was very personal for him because his brother was one of the Senators being honored.
"These dedicated Senators whose lives and service we honor today, toiled in this very room. They left their families, friends and businesses behind to dedicate their tireless efforts to making this state a better place," says Stenehjem.
71 family members of deceased Senators were at the service including family of Chet Reiten, the founder of Reiten Television.
Reiten served in the Senate from 1973 until 1987.