Former Minnesota Rep. Arlan Stangeland, who represented northwestern Minnesota in Washington for more than a dozen years, died Tuesday. He was 83.
The Associated Press reports the former 7th District Congressman died at a hospital in Detroit Lakes after a sudden illness.
Stangeland, a Republican, was elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 1966. He was elected to Congress in a special election in 1977, after Rep. Robert Bergland resigned to become U.S. secretary of agriculture. Stangeland won the seat in 1978 and went on to serve six full terms.
Stangeland lost to DFL'er Collin Peterson in Peterson's fourth challenge to the sitting Congressman. Following that 1990 defeat, Stangeland became a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. The St. Cloud Times notes that he represented Central Minnesota, including St. Cloud, prior to redistricting.