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Howard Jensen, from left, Diane Klaers and Gerry Nyberg are pictured Wednesday with some of the memorabilia that belonged to their late father, Roy C. Jensen. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

Former west central Minnesota lawmaker, 101, remembered for work ethic, forward thinking


WILLMAR -- Roy C. Jensen didn't attend school past the eighth grade and was happiest running his dairy farm north of Priam.

Yet he left a statewide legacy: As a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 1950s, he helped craft the bill that established Minnesota's community college system.

Jensen died Sunday at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar at the age of 101. He was among the oldest living retired lawmakers in the state.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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