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Timm Severud
'history in the first person.'

Timm SeverudMy name is Timm Severud; I was born and raised in the Chetek and Rice Lake area of northwestern Wisconsin. My family roots are deep set in this country. I was born in 1955 to a Ski Jumper and a Librarian and grew up in both the worlds of sports and of literature. As a child my favorite type of books were autobiographies. I did not realize it then but I had a love for 'history in the first person.'

I graduated High School in Chetek and then went to the U.W. WI - Stout. I eventually dropped out and joined the Air Force, which enabled me to complete my math degree and pick up a couple of others from the U. of AZ (Astronomy & Philosophy.)

I was in the Air Force for 12 years most of that time (over 10 years) was spent with the Titan 2 C ICBM. ( Titan II ICBM Web Page 390th SMW Memorial Association Index ) I was a Missile Facility Technician in that world, one of the 4 people on a missile launch crew. I sat at the keys of destruction and had a decade to think about that and learn some of the great lessons of my life. HINT: Life is a gift not a burden.

While in the Tucson area I became fascinated with the history of the area and quickly came to the conclusion that 'Locals don't know diddly about their own history." I mentioned this to my maternal Grandmother who looked at me and asked, "So Mr. Diddly what to you know about where you grew up?" It was the truth revealed and I started on what is now a 25-year path on learning about the area.

When I got out of the Air Force in 1986, the opportunity presented itself for me to come to work for the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa as the Facility Manager for their Hydroelectric Facility at the headwaters of the Chippewa River, near Winter, WI. I took it and have not looked back. My maternal grandparents lived in this area and family ties to this place are strong. I do not claim lineal descent, as that would require folks who no longer wished to be Indians to become them. I have never desired tribal membership, I know who my relatives are, they know who I am. I find being a Wannado far more satisfying than wanting to be anything else than just what I am… a 'wild hickory nut.'

I have collections of manuscripts, field notes, rare books, newspaper articles and other documentation that I have collected for myself, and I share with others. There is information I do not share as the protection of sites is of primary importance, but one can celebrate the history of a place without totally revealing it or destroying it.

I share this information with libraries in the region and with folks here on line. This is enough about me. I prefer to let history speak for me…

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