Harold J. LaPlant

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  • Name: Harold J. LaPlant
  • Location of Birth: Bovey, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: April 17, 1924
  • Date of Death: January 31, 1991 (66 years old)
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  • Highest Rank: SGT (Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
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    World War II

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    Harold grew up and attended schools in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    News article in Grand Rapids Herald Review:
    Former District 4 county commissioner and Harris Town Board member Harold LaPlant died of natural causes at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, January 31, 1991.

    LaPlant, 66, Grand Rapids entered county politics in 1985 when he was elected to District 4 by more than 50 percent of the populous. He faced election again in 1988 coming in third in the primary election to Robert Loscheider and Nancy Drews.

    LaPlant is remembered vividly by county residents and officials for his viewpoints on the county's battle with Tire Cycle. He cast a deciding vote which prevented the now bankrupt tire processing company from establishing its operations in Itasca County. The company had sought local financial government support.

    Harris Township received more than twenty-eight years of service from LaPlant on its town board. He was serving as supervisor at the time of his death. LaPlant was among supervisors who pushed to bond for paving roads in the township nearly twenty years ago.

    Upon his discharge he returned to Grand Rapids, Minnesota and worked at the Oliver Mine for several years. He worked for Flaherty Nash Motors in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and then worked 27 years for Acheson Tire Company in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, retiring in 1984.

    Harold served four years as an Itasca County Commissioner.

    Harold was married to Marilyn Guritz on February 1, 1950, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and for the past thirty years they had been living in the Wendigo community. He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Second Wind Harmonica Band, the Wendigo Community Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, all of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    He also served as Harris Township Supervisor for twenty-seven years serving as chairman of the board of supervisors several times. He was also a member of the Minnesota Association of Townships.

    Harold was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon.

    He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; two sons, Bruce and Paul; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

    Buried in Harris Township at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot 2.26.4.5)

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