Mary Lahmmer, who maybe has logged more time at the Minnesota state Capitol than anyone in recent memory, has revealed that she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Though the news is shocking for those who admire her dogged spirit and professional decorum as a government reporter for TPT, Twin Cities Public Televison, Lahammer says that it need not be a set back.
Lahammer would have gone public with her MS story earlier, reports the Star Tribune's Lori Sturdevant, but at the urging of her Mayo doctors, she opted to live with the disease for two years first.
“My job is to share information,” she said last week to Sturdevant. “If I can educate people about MS, I think I can help.”
Even so, Lahammer's disclosure is in keeping with a certain circle. Aside from Sturdevant's column in Sunday's Star Tribune opinion section, no one has much to report.
BMTN sent a Facebook message to and left a voicemail for Lahammer as of this writing; no reply yet.
(No tweets from her either on this one.)
Having said that, Lahammer discussed her condition on TPT's "Almanac" Friday. Here's the video:
Lahammer also tells Sturdevant she will “figure out a way forward."
The woman former Gov. Jesse Ventura singled out as the only reporter to whom he would grant an interview comes from a political reporting pedigree. This 2010 essay she wrote for MinnPost notes her father, Gene Lahammer, and his 50 years as a political reporter.
This is not an obit, so we won't total up the father-daughter years just yet.
“I could still do this job, but I might have to do it differently," Lammaer tells the Strib. "I wasn’t going to be able to work every single 2 a.m. session. I wasn’t going to do back-to-back 20-hour days.”