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Nisswa's Ted Dullum remembered as an icon

Longtime Nisswa resident Ted Dullum passed away Sunday, May 3. He was 81. Dullum was an active member of the Nisswa Chamber, along with a number of other organizations, and was named the chamber's Citizen of the Year in September 2014. "It's the ...

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Longtime Nisswa resident Ted Dullum passed away Sunday, May 3. He was 81.

Dullum was an active member of the Nisswa Chamber, along with a number of other organizations, and was named the chamber's Citizen of the Year in September 2014.

"It's the icons like Ted Dullum that established Nisswa as a destination community," chamber president/CEO Shawn Hansen said. "His legacy will live on for years; everyone will remember the rope belt! It's an honor to have named Ted Nisswa's 2014 Citizen of the Year."

Dullum grew up in Nisswa and spent years working in his family's business, Martin's Gas Station and Sport Shop. He later spent 18 years in the real estate business before retiring more than a decade ago.

Jim Bailey befriended Dullum over 20 years ago, and recalls a number of times he traveled with him, saying he would avoid freeways at all costs and "knew every dirt road in Minnesota."

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"He was an adventurous person," Bailey said. "He had a heart of gold - he would do anything for anybody - and he was an excellent, excellent friend. We talked about about life in general and our personal philosophies ... he was never judgemental. That was one thing I always admired about him."

Dullum spent more than 30 years as a member of the Nisswa volunteer fire department. Fire chief Richard Geike, who grew up with Dullum's children and served with him on the fire department for many years, fondly remembers the work Dullum did for the city he loved.

"He was one of the icons of Nisswa," Geike said. "He owned a business in town forever, and set a good foundation to build the town on. I always enjoyed working with him on the fire department, and he gave it his all when he was there. He was a very nice, friendly guy, and he treated the fire department great. He tried as hard as he could to teach the new guys what he knew. I think the town will really miss him."

Along with serving on the Nisswa Chamber, Dullum also served on the city's planning and zoning commission.

He contributed to Nisswa sports as well, hosting powerboat races on Nisswa Lake as a fundraising effort for uniforms and updated facilities for area teams.

Dullum was a founding member of the Nisswa Lions Club, and volunteered within the community as a member for over 30 years. Current club president Jason Martinson recalls Dullum's unending positivity and devotion to his community.

"If everyone cared half as much as Ted, the world would be a hell of a lot better place," Martinson said. "The guy was phenomenal, and he loved Nisswa. He loved everything about the community. He would absolutely brighten your day. He will be dearly missed."

Dullum is preceded in death by his wife, Mary, who passed away in 2011.

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"We will really miss him, and I think the town will miss him," Bailey said.

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