BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today issued the following statement on the passing of former North Dakota Gov. George Sinner.
“North Dakota lost a great leader and a great man today in former Gov. George Sinner, a family friend and true champion for farmers and our rural way of life,” Burgum said. “Gov. Sinner led our state through one of its most difficult chapters during the farm crisis and drought of the 1980s, and also though one of its proudest moments during the 1989 centennial. We are deeply grateful for his many years of dedicated service to the state, his community and farm groups, as he stayed true to his rural Casselton roots and worked across the aisle for all North Dakotans and the land he cherished. Kathryn and I extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to his wife, Jane, the entire Sinner family and all those touched by his incredible legacy.”
Sinner served two four-year terms as North Dakota’s 29th governor, from 1985 to 1992, after serving in the state Legislature. Born in Fargo and raised in Casselton, he received a degree in philosophy from St. John's University in Minnesota in 1950 and served in the U.S. Air Force in 1950-51.
Sinner was a partner in the Sinner Bros. & Bresnahan diversified farm in Casselton and served on various professional, educational and civic boards and groups, including the State Board of Higher Education, North Dakota Public Broadcasting Council, Greater North Dakota Association Board, Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association Board, North Dakota Wheat Growers Association, North Dakota Stockmen's Association, American Soybean Association, North Dakota Farmers Union and the North Dakota Farm Bureau.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo.