Arlan Stangeland, a Republican who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota from 1977 to 1990, died July 2 at his home in Detroit Lakes, Minn. He was 83.

His death was confirmed by the Dobmeier Funeral Home of Barnesville, Minn. The cause was not disclosed.

Mr. Stangeland, a onetime farmer, was elected to the Minnesota legislature in 1966. He was elected to Congress during a special election in 1977, after U.S. Rep. Robert Bergland resigned to become U.S. secretary of agriculture.

Mr. Stangeland, who represented a heavily rural district from western Minnesota, won the seat in 1978 and went on to serve six full terms in Congress.

He was dogged in 1990 by an ethics inquiry after press reports that he had made 341 phone calls to a female lobbyist, who later got a job working for the House of Representatives.

“I can say without hesitation that each and every telephone call was made for business reasons,” said Mr. Stangeland, who was married and the father of seven children.

“If these same calls had been made to a male acquaintance of mine, would the current innuendos be raised?” he asked. “The answer to that, obviously, is no.”

Mr. Stangeland lost his 1990 reelection bid to Collin C. Peterson (D), who still holds the seat and is the dean of Minnesota’s congressional delegation.

After his congressional career, Mr. Stangeland became a lobbyist in Washington.

Despite being political rivals, Peterson said, he and Mr. Stangeland remained friends.

“I didn’t always agree with his political positions, but he worked hard and I think represented the district well on the agriculture committee,” Peterson said.

— News services and staff reports