Grotberg received the Republican nomination for the Senior U.S. senate seat in North Dakota at the state GOP convention in late March 2006. Despite running for office in the historically conservative state of North Dakota, Grotberg faced a difficult campaign due to the Senator's name recognition, long tenure in office, available funds, and popularity.
After returning home, Grotberg enrolled in Bethany College of Missions and graduated with a degree in Cross-Cultural Studies. He then traveled to New Zealand and worked on farms in the Bay of Islands to gain a global perspective of farming and its methodologies.
In 1989, he returned to North Dakota and attended North Dakota State University to study agricultural economics until 1992. He then moved back to Wimbledon and built a farm of his own on which he currently resides. In 1989, Grotberg married his wife, Alison. They have seven children together, all are currently homeschooled. In 1996, he suffered a spinal cord injury when his tractor was struck by a semi-truck.
Dwight Grotberg has been very outspoken about keeping the current tax cuts made under the Bush Administration and also supports abolition of the estate tax. On social issures, Grotberg claims that his conservative viewpoints are more reflective of North Dakota than the views of incumbent Kent Conrad. For example, in 2004, North Dakota voters approved a state ban on gay marriage, while Senator Conrad voted no on a constitutional ban of gay marriage. Grotberg also promises to bring changes to the Farm Bill in 2007, should he be elected, something which he says that Senator Conrad has failed to do during his tenure.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA COMMUNICATORS' DAY ON OCT. 20-21, AT HILTON GARDEN INN FOCUSES ON NORTH DAKOTA POLITICS, MEDIA ISSUES
Oct 16, 2006; University of North Dakota issued the following news release: Media and politics will highlight the University of North Dakota's...