It doesn't get more Minnesotan than this.
Freshman Rep. Bjorn Olson currently lives in the Elmore, Minnesota, home where the late Walter Mondale grew up.
When Elmore celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013, Modale traveled back to his hometown and stopped by his childhood home, where Olson and Mondale posed for a photo.
“Walter Mondale was the pride of his hometown of Elmore and a legend in Minnesota politics, having served as Minnesota Attorney General, U.S. Senator, Vice President, and more,” Olson said in a statement Tuesday, a day after Mondale died. “You didn't have to agree with Vice President Mondale's politics to admire his decency, love for family, and passion for the state of Minnesota.”
Olson, a Republican who served as the mayor of Elmore before being elected to the state House of Representatives, invited Mondale into the home and learned that's where Mondale kicked off his presidential bid (he was defeated by Ronald Reagan, only winning Minnesota and the District of Columbia in the 1984 election).
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“My thoughts and prayers are with the Mondale family and all his loved ones as we mourn the loss of one of Minnesota's greatest,” Olson added.
Mondale died of natural causes Monday at his home. He was 93. He's being remembered by politicians on both sides of the aisle for being a good man and a fixture in Minnesota politics.
Mondale was born in Ceylon, Minnesota, before his family moved to Elmore while he was in elementary school.