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Glenn Carlson, 78

Glenn Carlson, 78, formerly of Thief River Falls, died Monday, March 15, 1999 at his home in St. Cloud.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 19 at First United Methodist Church in St. Cloud. Burial was in the North Star Cemetery. The Williams Funeral Home of St. Cloud was in charge of the arrangements.

Glenn Carlson was born on December 1, 1920 in Thief River Falls, the son of Martin E. and Elizabeth W. (Sculthorp) Carlson. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

On June 7, 1939 he married Blanche Engelstad at Thief River Falls. The couple made their home in Thief River Falls until 1953 when they moved to St. Cloud. They lived in Clearwater township from 1981 until 1990 when they returned to St. Cloud.

From 1937 until 1953 Glenn was employed in Thief River Falls as an agent/manager for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. From 1950 to 1953 he was employed by Civic and Commerce Association in Thief River Falls. Between 1951 and 1986 he was certified in numerous programs from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Glenn was executive director for the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce from 1953 until 1986. He was a founder, executive director and secretary of St. Cloud Opportunities from 1954 until the time of his death. He was also a founder, member and secretary of the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame for 35 years.

He was a member of the Lions Club and Post 76 American Legion for 53 years. Glenn was a member and of St. Cloud Sports, Inc. for 45 years, and a past president of the organization. He was a founder of the Minnesota Princess Kay contest and Central Minnesota Dairy Days. He was a co-founder of St. Cloud Crime Stoppers.

Glenn was a past board member of the Stearns County Historical Society and was active in St. Cloud Little League. In 1949 he was president and regional vice president of the Thief River Falls Jaycees. He was a member and past president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives and a member and past chairman of the Institute of Organizational Management, University of Colorado, Boulder. Glenn was the business manager for St. Cloud Rox. He was also a township supervisor for Lyndon township for two terms and founder and past board member of the Sterns-Benton Private Industry Council.

Glenn spearheaded an effort to obtain legislative funding to enable establishment of the St. Cloud Convention and Visitors' Bureau and an effort to establish Crossroads Shopping Center. He was a past board member of St. Cloud Economic Development Partnership. He was also a member of St. Cloud First United Methodist Church where he served on many boards.

He was recognized as Man of the Year by the Thief River Falls Jaycees and was Jaycees Distinguished Award winner in 1950. He was named Outstanding Business Manager of the Northern League in 1971 and certified Chamber of Commerce Executive in 1981. He was named one of St. Cloud's Most Influential Persons in 1979 and spearheaded an effort to obtain All-American City designation for St. Cloud in 1973-74. He was recipient of the 1980 Alumni Service Award from St. Cloud State University.

The exhibit hall at St. Cloud Civic Center was named Glenn Carlson Hall in his honor, and the main street of St. Cloud I-94 Business Park was named Glenn Carlson Drive.


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