R.I.P. Walt Pederson

Walter PedersonWalter H. Pederson, a Duluth native and member of the Plaisted Arctic expedition, died Friday in St. Cloud at the age of 88.

Pederson served as mechanic on Ralph Plaisted’s crew, which reached the North Pole by snowmobile in 1968. The subject gained new attention last month when the New York Times published an account of the expedition. In early April the Hollywood infotainment website Deadline reported Will Ferrell will star in film about the Plaisted expedition.

Pederson’s obituary in the St. Cloud Times notes he was a “sailor, cowboy, mechanic, racer, teacher, businessman, inventor, explorer, author, politician, entrepreneur, scientist, private eye, hero, friend, husband, father and grandfather.” Services will be held Friday in Milaca.

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Les Locklear

about 8 years ago

Walt was a really good person. He would drive up to Duluth from St. Cloud on a regular basis to pick up Ski-Doo's and parts and we would always have a great conversation. The Plaisted Polar Expedition would have never made it to the North Pole without Walt.

RIP my friend.

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