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Published December 09 2010

UPDATED: Dorgan reflects on past, voices optimism for future in farewell address

WASHINGTON - In his official goodbye to the U.S. Senate, North Dakota Democrat Byron Dorgan shared glimpses into his “treasury of memories” garnered after serving 30 years in Congress.

During a half-hour speech this afternoon on the Senate floor, Dorgan recalled his encounters with such legends of the Senate as Ted Kennedy and Strom Thurmond.

He also spoke of the strong hope he feels for America’s future.

Past generations overcame tougher battles than the country faces now with issues such as the staggering deficit, Dorgan said.

“This is our moment,” he said. “This country is full of good – full of good things, good people and good news.”

However, Dorgan spoke little of individual accomplishments – especially those relating to North Dakota.

Dorgan is known for his success in leading the Red River Research Corridor and fighting for permanent flood protection in the Red River Valley and at Devils Lake.

For more on this story, read Friday’s edition of The Forum.