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Ojala, William R.

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Map of Aurora
Aurora, MN

House 1971-72 (District 62); House 1973-74 (District 6A)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  St. Louis


Date of Birth: 1/23/1925 Date of Death: 
Birth Place: Eveleth, Minnesota Birth County: St. Louis Birth Country: United States
Other Names:
Gender:  Male Religion:  Not Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):  Aurora

Occupation (when first elected):  Attorney


Gilbert High School; Secondary;
Virginia Junior College; Junior College/Community College;
University of Minnesota; B.A.;
University of Minnesota; Attended Graduate School;
William Mitchell College of Law; Attended Law School;


School Board/AdministrationSchool District 691, Minnesota (Director) ??/??/???? to ??/??/????
County Board/CommissionerSt. Louis County, Minnesota (County Commissioner) ??/??/???? to ??/??/????
MilitaryUnited States Marines (World War II, Pacific Area, 33 months) ??/??/1942 to ??/??/1945


Spouse: Dorothy Jean Bonde
Children: Four children: Charles, Mary Jean, Kathryn Ann, and David
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


Total Days Served: 1463


Legislative Session: 68th (1973-1974)   Session Details term photo
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Body: House Elected: 11/7/1972 Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/6/1975
District: 06A Residence: Aurora
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus
Crime Prevention and Corrections
Governmental Operations
Health and Welfare
Labor-Management Relations
Session Notes: There were efforts to unseat him due to the fact that on October 30, 1972, he told reporters that he had not paid his state income taxes for three years as a protest against the Vietnam War. (Seating of House Members Challenged. Fergus Falls Daily Journal, January 3, 1973)

Legislative Session: 67th (1971-1972)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/3/1970 Term of Office: 1/5/1971 to 1/1/1973
District: 62 Residence: Aurora
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Commerce and Economic Development
Health, Welfare and Corrections
Local Government

Articles & Books About
William Ojala and Donald Moe (1973) - Cover sheet and various pages from the Minnesota Journal of the House, 1973 related to efforts to unseat him over his earlier refusal to pay income taxes as a protest against the Vietnam War.

The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library has collected newspaper articles on legislators since 1973. They are available in the Library.

Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, 645 State Office Building, Saint Paul, MN  55155