Gary Revier, thrice mayor of Redwood, dies at age 67
REDWOOD FALLS — Redwood Falls Mayor Gary Revier died unexpectedly Friday morning in his home.
Revier had turned 67 on Wednesday. He was a graduate of Redwood Falls High School and a well-known businessman in the town. He had been involved in city government since being elected to the Redwood Falls City Council at the age of 23, according to the Redwood Falls city website.
He was elected mayor three separate times, and had also served as a member of the School Board, a chamber of commerce director and president, a bank director and a public utilities commissioner, according to the website.
He ran for U.S. Congress in 1994 and 1996 as a Republican against former U.S. Rep. David Minge, D-Minn. He was defeated in both elections.
Revier was also known as a local historian. He frequently posted historical photos on Facebook, where he had more than 1,000 followers.
According to posts on his Facebook timeline, Dakota 38 riders stopped in Redwood Falls Friday morning to honor Revier, who had been a supporter. The Native American riders were traveling through on their annual horseback trip to Mankato in memorial to the 38 Dakota men who were hanged there Dec. 26, 1862. It was the largest mass execution in U.S. history. The executions came in the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War in 1862.