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Louis recounts a brush with the gov

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Louis Rasmussen is our man with the story this week. He was born in Kenyon, Minn., in 1928. His parents were Lewis and Grace, who had eight children. Lewis was a farmer. While Louis was still young they moved to Wanamingo, Minn., where he graduated from high school.

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One of Louis's early jobs was working in a restaurant in Wanamingo. He learned to do many jobs around the restaurant which was a fortunate thing as he rented the place later on and sometimes had to cook.

It was a busy place. That restaurant was smaller than the other one in Wanamingo, but they had the best food and folks knew it.

Louis was drafted into the infantry and sent to Korea and Japan. He was wounded twice, but not seriously. Louis had a friend in Sebeka he sometimes visited. As it turned out he married Gaylene, his friend's younger sister, in 1966. They have three children.

Louis found work in an Ely taconite plant. That plant was the only taconite plant in the world at that time.

Louis was inducted into the infantry and sent to Japan and Korea. When he returned from the service his work experience was varied. He worked for Anderson Homes in Sebeka for five years, for a lumber yard and in a cheese factory. Gaylene was employed by the Sebeka bank.

If Louis's picture looks familiar it is probably because it is. He worked as a door attendant at Tri-County Hospital as well as in the housekeeping department for five years. Being in charge of operating and emergency room floors called for different measures. Surgery on both knees put an end to jobs for Louis.

Looking back, Louis recollects he always found a job when he needed one, doing something that interested him among nice people. As for travel, if he could, he would like to pay a short (emphasis on short) visit to Japan, and maybe a trip to Norway from whence his father came.

Has Louis ever been afraid, really scared stiff?

Well, yeah. Sure. How'd you think he earned those two purple hearts?

I see our shadows are lengthening and there is only time for one more question: Did anyone famous or well-known stop in Wanamingo while you were there?

Hmmn, d'you mean like the time Mark Dayton stopped long enough to buy a dog?

Named it Mingo, too.

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