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ND lawmaker's state-owned devices seized after inmate texts

Ray Holmbert
Posted at 6:49 PM, Jun 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-07 18:49:28-04

BISMARCK, N.D. — A former North Dakota state senator who resigned following a report that he traded scores of text messages with a man jailed on child pornography charges says he was unable to return his state-owned laptop and iPad because they were seized by law enforcement.

Ray Holmberg, North Dakota’s longest-serving state senator, resigned June 1.

He turned in his parking pass and an electronic key card but not the state-owned electronics.

Law enforcement searched Holmberg’s Grand Forks condominium on Nov. 17.

The search came about three months after Holmberg exchanged 72 text messages with Nicholas James Morgan-Derosier, who was in jail.