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Title Jens J. Opsahl Papers, 1888-1926
Scope & Content Jens J. Opsahl papers, 1888-1941, 8 boxes, 59 vols.
Jens J. Opsahl began his business in Clay County, Minnesota. Mr. Opsahl moved to Bemidji in 1901, became involved in real estate and eventually formed the Selkce Land Company, also known as the Opsahl Company. Opsahl was the state representative from the sixty-first district of Minnesota from 1906-1910, serving on the ditch committee and the committee which formed the State Board of Immigration. He was also the president of the Board of Directors of the Sentinel Printing Company of Bemidji from 1908-1911. Opsahl moved to Minneapolis in 1935, but continued his land dealings through offices run by his sons in Bemidji and Duluth. The Bemidji Office closed in the late 1940s.

The main body of the collection contains records of the Selkce Land Company. The company served as a colonizing agent for the Red River Lumber Comp;any. The land company records include correspondence and financial records. The collection also contains financial records from Opsahl's businesses in Clay County, records of the Sentinel Printing Company of Bemidji from 1908-1911, and personal papers of Jens J. Opsahl. Most of the papers span the period between 1900-1930 when Opsahl was most active in Beltrami County.

Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: General Files
Series 3: Volumes
Catalog Number 1984.2
Object Name Manuscript
Subjects Real estate business
Real estate development
Land development
Collection Jens J. Opsahl Papers
Search Terms Bemidji Sentinel
Red River Lumber Company