Rural Clitherall resident and successful businessman Milt Paulson, who died Sept. 16, not only gave back to society. He also had a reassuring presence when the going got tough.

He did a lot in his 79 years, examples include volunteer service with the Otter Tail County Historical Society, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, school board, Battle Lake economic development authority, Fergus Area College Foundation and other organizations.

“We lost a good friend and supporter in Milt Paulson,” said county historical society director Chris Schuelke.

“Milt was a kind and generous man, with a calm and reassuring demeanor who was always willing to help,” Schuelke said.

Schuelke has a good example of how Paulson could make a real difference in the success of an organization.

Several years ago the Barnard Community Arts Center gifted the old Barnard School, north of Underwood, to the historical society.

“I called Milt about finding a person who would restore and care for the building. He did just that, waiving all fees,” Schuelke said. “The school is now a jewel in the county.”

Barnard School is back in private ownership.

Milt prepared inspiring words for his own obituary.

“I have had more years than most,” he wrote, “filled with more blessings than I deserve of family, friends and colleagues.”

State-title coach Uvaas

deserved his recognition

Tom Uvaas has the distinction of being the only coach in Fergus Falls Otter sports history to lead his team to a state title. This took place in 2011, when the Otter boys won the Minnesota Class A state swimming and diving title.

Uvaas, a retired middle school social studies teacher, was an Otter coach for 44 years. He encouraged excellence in the classroom as well as in the swimming pool.

He rightfully deserved his induction on Sept. 28 into the Fergus Falls High School Hall of Fame. He received a distinguished service award.

Uvaas was inducted in 2001 into the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of Fame.

That year he mentioned that he often quotes French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau:

“To live is not merely to breathe. It is to act.

“It is to make use of our organs, senses, faculties, of all those parts of ourselves which give us the feeling of existence.

“The man who has lived longest is not the man who has counted most years, but he who has enjoyed life most.”

Killebrew years recalled

With the Minnesota Twins back in the American League playoffs this year, many longtime fans recall Twins star player Harmon Killebrew.

Harmon had 40 or more homers six times with the Twins and once in the late 1950s when the team was still in Washington, D.C.

Killebrew twice hit 49 homers, one reason some referred to him as “the killer.” He hit 49 home runs in both 1964 and 1969. It was the latter year when he was named American League most valuable player.

Killebrew was one of only four batters to hit a baseball over the left field roof at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium.

Harmon, a third baseman, played in one World Series, with the Twins in 1965. Back then there were no American League and National League playoffs.

Amazing is that in 1965 the seventh and final World Series game took place Oct. 15 at the old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington between the Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers. The renowned Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax shut down the Twins 2-0.

Killebrew was a fan favorite long after he retired. He was with the 2006 Twins Winter Caravan which made a stop at the Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls. Harmon graciously signed autographs during a cold, January evening.

Rothsay native Dave Goltz, who became a pitcher for the Twins, said he always was proud to have Killebrew as a teammate in the 1970s.

Tom Hintgen is a longtime Daily Journal columnist. His column appears Saturdays.

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