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Olson, Edgar Laverne

House 1985-98 (District 2B)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Becker, Beltrami, Clay, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 10/19/1937
Birth Place: Fosston, Minnesota
Birth County: Polk
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 8/20/2020
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Fosston
Occupation (when first elected): Farmer

EDUCATION

Fosston High School; Secondary; 1955
North Dakota State University; Attended College;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota Agricultural Utilization Research Institute; 1998 to 2006

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Phyllis Marquardt (married on October 27, 1957, she died in 1991); Julie Bleyhl
Children: Two children: Kristine and Jon
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

"During his life Edgar was an active leader in the local community--whether 4-H and FFA, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, the East Polk County Fair Board, the Red River Valley Winter Shows Board, and the Garden Valley Telephone Board. He also served on the Essentia Health Hospital Board and the Ultima Bank Board. Edgar was also active in many industry groups--most notably the American Sheep Producers Council for which he served as national President. He merged this association with the National Woolgrowers Association and created the American Sheep Industry (ASI) association and served as its first president." (Obiturary posted on the Carlin Family Funeral Services website)

Total Days Served: 5110

SESSIONS SERVED

80th Legislative Session (1997-1998)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 02B
Elected: 11/5/1996
Residence: Fosston
Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/4/1999
Counties Represented: Becker, Beltrami, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Polk
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs
  • Regulated Industries and Energy
  • Regulated Industries and Energy: Gambling
  • Taxes
  • Taxes: Property Tax and Tax Increment Financing Division (Chair)

79th Legislative Session (1995-1996)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 02B
Elected: 11/8/1994
Residence: Fosston
Term of Office: 1/3/1995 to 1/6/1997
Counties Represented: Becker, Beltrami, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Polk
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Ethics (Chair)
  • Joint Claims (Chair)
  • Judiciary Finance
  • Regulated Industries and Energy
  • Taxes
  • Taxes: Property Tax and Tax Increment Financing Division

78th Legislative Session (1993-1994)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 02B
Elected: 11/3/1992
Residence: Fosston
Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/2/1995
Counties Represented: Becker, Beltrami, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Polk
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Ethics (Chair) [He was Chair in 1994 only.]
  • Ethics: Member Conduct Division (Chair)
  • Regulated Industries and Energy
  • Taxes
  • Taxes: Property Tax (Chair)
  • Taxes: State Taxes
  • Transportation and Transit

77th Legislative Session (1991-1992)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 02B
Elected: 11/6/1990
Residence: Fosston
Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
Counties Represented: Clay, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Soil and Water Resources
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs
  • Redistricting
  • Taxes
  • Taxes: Property Tax (Chair)
  • Taxes: State Taxes and Tax Laws
  • Transportation
  • Transportation: Air, Rail, and Toll Roads

76th Legislative Session (1989-1990)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 02B
Elected: 11/8/1988
Residence: Fosston
Term of Office: 1/3/1989 to 1/7/1991
Counties Represented: Clay, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Soil and Water Resources
  • Regulated Industries
  • Taxes
  • Taxes: Property Tax
  • Transportation
  • Transportation: Safety

75th Legislative Session (1987-1988)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 02B
Elected: 11/4/1986
Residence: Fosston
Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/2/1989
Counties Represented: Clay, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Agriculture Finance Division
  • Agriculture: Farm Programs and Policies (Chair)
  • Education
  • Education: Education Finance Division
  • Local and Urban Affairs
  • Transportation
  • Transportation: Highways and Motor Vehicles
  • Transportation: Safety

74th Legislative Session (1985-1986)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 02B
Elected: 11/6/1984
Residence: Fosston
Term of Office: 1/8/1985 to 1/5/1987
Counties Represented: Clay, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Rural Economy
  • Regulated Industries and Energy
  • Regulated Industries and Energy: Energy
  • Transportation
  • Transportation: Special Subcommittee on Department of Public Safety
Articles & Books About
Wetzel, Matt. "Retiring Member to Head Ag Utility Research." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, March 13, 1998, p. 16.



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