Longtime newspaper publisher and former state senator John Andrist passed away today.
Andrist was a State Senator for District 2 for 22 years.
He was publisher of the Divide County Journal — now named The Journal — for 30 years.
Andrist was the long time president of the North Dakota Newspaper Association and the only North Dakotan to ever be President of the National Newspaper Association.
He also had a long running newspaper column that’s been read by thousands.
In reflection of the many words Andrist put to paper Governor Burgum said in a statement “…his work always reflected his genuine care for his home state and its people and his deep-seated belief that honest, civil discourse and fair compassionate journalism are vital for a healthy democracy.”
Andrist was 86 years old.