After eating raw oysters in New Orleans, longtime North Dakota lawmaker dies

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former longtime Mandan Republican state Rep. Rae Ann Kelsch has died.

Alex Kelsch says his mother died early Tuesday morning at a New Orleans hospital from a bacterial infection caused by eating raw oysters at a restaurant there. She was 58.

Kelsch was first elected to the North Dakota House in 1990 and served 22 years, including as the chairwoman of the Education Committee.

Kelsch served as a lobbyist after her tenure as a lawmaker.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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