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Longtime weatherman Jim Rohn to retire after 67 years

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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- After more than 67 years on the job, longtime weatherman Jim Rohn announced recently that he is retiring.

Rohn, 87, began his career in 1946 at radio station KSJB in Jamestown, N.D.


He eventually moved to Fargo, where he served as weatherman and host of several live shows.

Probably Rohn’s most popular role was that of “Captain Jim,” which entertained thousands of children in the Red River Valley in the 1950s and 1960s.

Rohn left Fargo for Alexandria in 1972 and for 18 years he worked as weatherman at KCMT-TV.

In 1990, Rohn joined the morning team at KIKV-FM Radio, where he did news and weather. He also was a regular on KB101 FM in Bemidji, where via telephone he reported the local weather every Monday through Friday.

Rohn was inducted into the Minnesota Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1996. Throughout his life, Rohn has contributed thousands of hours to charity work and community events, including the annual KIKV-FM/KULO-FM Radiothon to End Child Abuse.

- Alexandria Echo Press