Edward E. Barsness Interview, 1973
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Edward E. Barsness
Barsness Residence, Glenwood, Minnesota
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 Nonpartisan League; Minnesota Farm Holiday Association
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.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Barsness, Edward E., "Edward E. Barsness Interview, 1973" (1973). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 51.