Norsk Hostfest founder Chester Reiten diesNorth Dakota businessman, politician and entrepreneur Chester Reiten has died.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota businessman, politician and entrepreneur Chester Reiten has died.
Reiten died Tuesday at a care facility in Minot, at the age of 89. Son David Reiten tells The Associated Press that his father's wife of 65 years, Joy, was at his side.
Reiten built the KX Television Network, served as a mayor of Minot for 14 years and as a state senator for 16 years, and founded the annual Norsk Hostfest Scandinavian heritage festival. The event draws about 60,000 people from around the world each fall.
In 2002, Reiten was given the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state's highest honor. He also is one of only a handful of Americans to receive the St. Olav Medal from the king of Norway, because of his work with the Hostfest.