Edward E. Barsness Interview, 1973

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Edward E. Barsness Interview, 1973

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Interviewer

Robbie Anderson

Interviewee

Edward E. Barsness

Date Recorded

8-20-1973

Date Digital

6-24-2020

Location Recorded

Barsness Residence, Glenwood, Minnesota

County

Pope County

Keywords

Newspaper editors--Minnesota--Glenwood, Newspapers--Minnesota--Glenwood, Newspaper employees--Minnesota--Glenwood, Pope County Tribune (Minn.), World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, Minnesota--Politics and government--20th century, Minnesota. Legislature, Minnesota Non-Partisan League, Minnesota Farm Holiday Association

Description

Edward Barsness was born on July 25, 1891 and was a long-time resident of Pope County. After attending school in the county and then in St. Paul, Edward Barsness served in World War I. He then became editor of the Pope County Tribune, a job he held for 35 years. He served several terms in the Minnesota Legislature (1927 and 1961) and was also the Judge of Probate in Pope County for several years.

In this interview, Edward Barsness discusses his personal background. He then discusses the Pope County Tribune as a political force. He talks about politicians he respected and the newspaper as a "moral enforcer." He discusses issues important to Barsness as a legislator, the Farmer's Holiday, and newspaper editors of his era compared to the editors of the 1970s.

Run Time

00:40:09

Language

English

Original Format

Reel-to-Reel

Digital Identifier

PCBarsness01

Repository

West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)

Local Identifier

249

Edward E. Barsness Interview, 1973

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