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Published March 19, 2011, 10:45 AM

Dorgan Says Christopher Proud of ND Upbringing

Former Sen. Byron Dorgan says longtime diplomat Warren M. Christopher loved to talk about growing up in small town North Dakota.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Former Sen. Byron Dorgan says longtime diplomat Warren M. Christopher loved to talk about growing up in small town North Dakota.

Christopher died Friday in his Los Angeles home of complications from bladder and kidney cancer. He was 85.

The Scranton, N.D., native served as secretary of state in the Clinton administration from 1993-96. He logged a record 780,000 miles abroad in his four-year tenure.

Dorgan says Christopher had a quiet demeanor but always spoke proudly of his North Dakota roots. Christopher was presented with the state's highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, in 1998.

Dorgan says Christopher was one of the country's premier statesmen who showed "remarkable diplomatic skills."

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