Jack Sjol Remembered - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Jack Sjol Remembered

Posted: Updated:

It was a tip from the public that led authorities to find the body of Williston rancher Jack Sjol.

Family members say the caller sent

investigators to this garbage pile southeast of Williston on Wednesday where Sjol's body was hidden just below some trash.

The discovery of Sjol's body brought to an end more than three weeks of torment for his family.

They had found blood and three rifle shells in Jack's driveway on April 24th and wondered if he had survived.

Still, they searched...ultimately offering a reward that brought in the pivotal tip.

Jim Olson sat down with Sjol's brother and sister-in-law today to remember their friend.

Ask Scott Sjol why someone would have gunned down his brother Jack, and he's at a loss.

(Scott Sjol, Jack Sjol's Brother) "I haven't went a day without trying to figure it out but it's just so senseless and makes no sense."

The man accused of the murder - Ryan Stensaker - has served time for drug crimes. But Scott can't figure a connection between him and his brother, a man he describes as a strong North Dakota kid.

(Scott Sjol, Jack Sjol's Brother) "He worked from morning til night, never took off the weekends, regardless of whether it was his ranch or building a house on his property.He was very organized - never came to a job that he didn't have everything you needed right there."

(Diane Sjol, Jack's Sister-in-Law) "He was pretty special to the whole family. We always looked forward to getting together with him for holidays. He had such a laugh, I just wish I could hear his laugh one more time."

Diane Sjol, Jack's sister-in-law, says Jack was great to be around.

(Diane Sjol, Jack's Sister-in-Law) "He liked to tell stories. He was kind of a historian - he liked to tell about North Dakota history. And he liked to play jokes - especially on me."

Diane and Scott say since finding a bloody driveway and spent rifle shells on Jack's driveway back in April pushed them to act as quickly as possible - searching for a man they hoped had survived the attack. But the whole scene made no sense - nothing had been stolen from Jack's house.

(Scott Sjol, Jack Sjol's Brother) "He had valuables everywhere and nothing was gone - nothing had been disturbed. So how it came to play I just can't get an idea of what happened - I just don't know."

No idea of why someone would murder Jack Sjol and dump his body in a trash pile a few miles away. Still, a relief.

(Scott Sjol, Jack Sjol's Brother) "A wonderful relief to get the tip to find him, but it's a long ways from over."

(Diane Sjol, Jack's Sister-in-Law) "We are going to miss him like crazy."

Jim Olson, KX News.

Funeral services for Jack Sjol are scheduled for Monday at 11am at First Lutheran Church in Williston.

Williams County investigators say more arrests are possible in connection with Sjol's murder.

  • Minot/Williston NewsMore>>

  • MHS Boys Golf Team Preparing for Season Opener

    MHS Boys Golf Team Preparing for Season Opener

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:01 AM EDT2014-04-17 04:01:35 GMT
    The Minot High boys golf team is looking to pick up right where it left off last season. 21 players are out for this years team that returns 4 of its top 6 golfers after finishing 4th last year in the
    The Minot High boys golf team is looking to pick up right where it left off last season. 21 players are out for this years team that returns 4 of its top 6 golfers after finishing 4th last year in the
  • Student Spotlight --- Dunseith

    Student Spotlight --- Dunseith

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-04-17 03:48:49 GMT
    Finally tonight, Student Spotlight - where we focus on a top graduate from a local high school. This time, we're in Dunseith where Molly Allery is at the top of her class. (Molly Allery, Dunseith Senior)
    Finally tonight, Student Spotlight - where we focus on a top graduate from a local high school. This time, we're in Dunseith where Molly Allery is at the top of her class. (Molly Allery, Dunseith Senior)
  • Moldy Homes Reopening?

    Moldy Homes Reopening?

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-04-16 23:55:38 GMT
    Nearly three years after the flood of the Mouse River, some Minot homes are just now being cleaned up and rebuilt. But some homeowners say the flooded homes that had been untouched until now - what some
    Nearly three years after the flood of the Mouse River, some Minot homes are just now being cleaned up and rebuilt. But some homeowners say the flooded homes that had been untouched until now - what some
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.