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Pugnacious journalist, Bachmann foe Karl Bremer dies

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Stillwater writer Karl Bremer, a long-time rabble-rousing journalist and relentless critic of Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., died Tuesday after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 60.

Bremer will be remembered for being a passionate crusader for honesty, those who knew him said. "He always got mad if someone wasn't telling the truth," his wife Chris said in a Pioneer Press obituary.

Just last week Bremer told the Pioneer Press that he was unafraid to take on those with political power. "At some point, someone's got to be held accountable," he told the newspaper.

Bremer was co-author of the 2011 book "The Madness of Michele Bachmann: A Broad-Minded Survey of a Small-Minded Candidate," which was highly critical of the candidate and the people she made a part of her political circle.

Bremer was also a noted photographer and his blog Ripple in Stillwater, was named Best Local Blog by City Pages in 2012.

MinPost's media critic David Brauer told the Pioneer Press, "You can argue that his pursuit of Michele Bachmann was at times obsessive and excessive, but, really, I think ... we need approaches like Karl's. We need people to remind us that journalists can be hellraisers and rabble rousers and opinionated. He added facts to the debate."

Bremer had critics of his own. One, Northwestern College Prof. Kent Kaiser, apologized Wednesday after Fox 9's Tom Lyden called Kaiser out for tweeting "Good riddance."

But many others say he will be deeply missed.

Bremer was a "Renaissance man," musician and friend Paul Metsa told the Pioneer Press. "Fellows like Karl are few and far between, and they are irreplaceable," he said. "He was a really hip cat. When we lose people like Karl, the world does become less fun."

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