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Nelsen, Jr., Marlin B. "Doc, M.B."

House 1977-80 (District 13B)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Aitkin, Crow Wing, Kanabec


Date of Birth: 9/18/1936
Birth Place: North Dakota
Birth County: Dakota
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 12/6/1980
Gender: Male
Religion: United Methodist
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Doc, M.B.
City of Residence (when first elected): Aitkin
Occupation (when first elected): Chiropractic Physician


Northfield High School; Secondary; Graduate, 1954
College Graduate;
Doctoral Work; Post-Graduate Work in Grantsmanship, Fundraising and Journalism, 2 years
Northwestern College of Chiropractic; D.C.; Chiropractic; Certified Postgraduate Orthopedics


State Board/Commission/Council: Aitkin, Minnesota (Governor's Area Manpower Planning Board); 19?? to 19??
Municipal Government: Fleming Township, Minnesota (Town Clerk, 2 terms); 19?? to 19??


Spouse: Mary (married around 1965, divorced in 1980)
Children: Three children: Penny and Jody (daughters), Lance (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


He was a member of the Moose Lodge and Chair of the Aitkin County Chamber of Commerce.

He died from a brain hemorrhage/stroke while elk hunting in the Gallatin Mountain Range in Montana. His funeral was held at the Aitkin United Methodist Church in Aitkin, Minnesota. He was buried in Fleming Cemetery.

He was a member of the Fleming United Methodist Church.

Religion provided by his obituary.

Total Days Served: 1433


71st Legislative Session (1979-1980)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 13B
Elected: 11/7/1978
Residence: Aitkin
Term of Office: 1/3/1979 to 12/6/1980 (unfinished term)
Counties Represented: Aitkin, Crow Wing, Kanabec
Occupation: Chiropractor
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Agriculture Programs and Policies
  • Education
  • Education: Higher Education Division
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Environment and Natural Resources
Reason for unfinished term: Death
Session Notes: He died while in office on December 6, 1980.

70th Legislative Session (1977-1978)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 13B
Elected: 11/2/1976
Residence: Aitkin
Term of Office: 1/4/1977 to 1/2/1979
Counties Represented: Aitkin, Crow Wing, Kanabec
Occupation: Chiropractic Physician
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
  • Commerce and Economic Development
  • Education
  • Education: Joint House/Senate Subcommittee on Libraries
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
Articles & Books About
"'Doc' Nelsen Dies of Brain Hemhorrage [sic] (Obituary)." Aitkin Independent Age, December 11, 1980.

"Legislator Dies on Elk-Hunting Trip (Obituary)." Minneapolis Star, December 8, 1980.

"Nelsen Died from Brain Hemorrhage (Obituary)." Brainerd Daily Dispatch, December 8, 1980.

"Snowstorm Hampered Doc Nelsen Rescue (Obituary)." Minneapolis Tribune, December 8, 1980.

"State Rep. Nelsen Funeral Services Set Wednesday (Obituary)." St. Paul Pioneer Press, December 8, 1980.

Bissinger, H.G. "Stroke Fatal to Rep. Nelsen. Nature Defeats Rescue Attempts (Obituary)." St. Paul Pioneer Press, December 7, 1980.

The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library has collected newspaper articles on legislators since 1973. They are available in the Library.