Bud Nornes

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IntroAmerican politician
Is Politician
From United States of America
Type Politics
Birth21 March 1943
Age77 years


Larry B. “Bud” Nornes (born March 21, 1943) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 8A, which includes most of Otter Tail County in the west central part of the state. He is the former owner of radio station KJJK AM and KJJK FM based in Fergus Falls, having sold the stations in 1997.
Nornes was first elected in 1996, and has been re-elected every two years since then. He is a former assistant majority whip.
Nornes graduated from Fertile High School in Fertile, then went on to Brown Institute of Broadcasting in 1962 for training in Communications and Broadcasting. Nornes received a Disntinguished Alumni Award from each school, recognized by Brown in 2011 and by Fertile-Beltrami in 2014. He has been a broadcaster and radio station owner since 1962. He was a member of the Fergus Falls School Board from 1983-1996. He is a member of the Minnesota Broadcaster Association and the National Association of Broadcasters. He is also active in his local community as a member of the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce, Ducks Unlimited, the Elks, the Kiwanis, Pheasants Forever, and the United Way.
Nornes’s great-grandfather, Ole Opdahl, also served as a Republican member of the Minnesota House from 1903-1907. A farmer in Mansfield Township, Opdahl represented the old District 9, which included Freeborn County in the southern part of the state.