Another sad announcement

There was a car accident on Highway 169 this week that resulted in the death of Lester Tangedahl from Chisholm.

When I was 16 I decided to volunteer for the local DFL party because I had decided that Paul Wellstone needed to get re-elected to the U.S. Senate. I marched into the local campaign office in Virginia. Les was behind the desk. I’ll always remember his kindness and enthusiasm as I volunteered many hours with him in that office. He’s the one who taught me how to be mindful of what you’re doing in the background of live TV news shots. I haven’t talked to Les in many years but it’s sad just the same. It comes as especially sad news on the fifth anniversary of our loss of Paul Wellstone in an Iron Range plane crash during the 2002 campaign.

My deepest sympathies to Lester’s family and friends at this terrible time.


  1. Thank you for the kind words. It’s good to know he affected someone, but as we seem to keep finding out he stuck in a lot of people’s memories. I am Lester’s daughter. Although it has been a year it seems like just yesterday that this happened. I just found this online and just wanted to say thank you.

  2. You’re very welcome. Lester was quite a character and I’ll always remember him fondly from that election season. My best to you and yours.

  3. wow . . Guess I am really behind as well, but have to say that is about the sweetest thing. It’s so nice to know that my father was so special to so many people, that he touched so many hearts and lives. Thank you so much for your kind words. As my sister said, mean a lot to us to hear them. Thank you for taking the time

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