SF "Buckshot" Hoffner dies

(Fargo) Valley News Live His full name was Sebastian Fabian Hoffner. Most will remember him as "Buckshot". Hoffner died Thursday in Bismarck. He was a key figure in the 1950s move to merge the North Dakota Democratic and Non-Partisan League parties.
The 91 year old will also be remembered as a colorful character and important political mover-and-shaker.
He was an influential member of a group who brought the two parties together in 1958, creating the modern two-party system in the state.
Hoffner was a state legislator for 18 years and held leadership roles during time spent in both chambers. These included stints in the House from 1962-66, 1968-1972 and 1983-84. He served in the Senate from 1972-1980.
He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House in 1966, state agriculture commissioner in 1980 and lost the Dem-NPL nomination for governor to George Sinner in 1984.
Hoffner was also the executive director of the North Dakota Centennial in the late 1980s.
Funeral arrangements are pending.