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Published January 22, 2013, 03:59 PM

Funeral Scheduled for Grand Forks Surgeon, Political Leader

Funeral services are scheduled Saturday in Grand Forks for Ben Clayburgh. Clayburgh died Monday at age 88. He was a state and national leader in the Republican Party for five decades.

Funeral services are scheduled Saturday in Grand Forks for Ben Clayburgh. Clayburgh died Monday at age 88. He was a state and national leader in the Republican Party for five decades.

His wife Bev says he had been suffering from dementia. Clayburgh, an orthopedic surgeon, was a former state Republican Party chairman and a member of the Republican National Committee. In 1994 he made an unsuccessful bid to unseat Senator Kent Conrad. Clayburgh's funeral is scheduled for Saturday morning at 11:00 at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks.

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