|Birth: ||May 23, 1962|
|Death: ||Aug. 1, 2007|
Victim of I-35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Greg Jolstad was one of 18 construction workers on the bridge working for Progressive Contractors Inc. The other 17 survived the collapse. Jolstad was on the construction crew resurfacing the bridge when it fell. He was driving a piece of construction equipment called a skid loader, which is most commonly known by the brand name Bobcat. Seven of them suffered injuries, but none critical. Jolstad had worked for the contractors, PCI, for 10 years, often commuting 90 miles one way to road jobs in the Twin Cities from his home in the central Minnesota town of Mora. Family members said he never feared for his safety in his construction job, even when working high above water. "I think he just thought it was part of his job, a hazard, just one of the things you have to deal with," said his mother, Dorothy Svendsen, of Hinckley,Mn.
Red-haired and nicknamed "Jolly," Jolstad had been married to his wife, Lisa, for 12 years and had three stepchildren, Katie, 19; Kim, 18, and Nick, 17. They lived in a 97- year-old farmhouse north of town where Greg grew up.
Relatives say he loved ice fishing, hunting and peach pie.
Greg had never been long away from Mora. He was born there, raised there, graduated from Mora High School and returned to the area after spending a couple years in the Twin Cities.
Since the age of 18 he had worked construction, a perfect job for a guy who liked to keep his winters free for ice fishing and the Minnesota Vikings.
List of the Bridge Victims
(bio by: Steve Edquist)
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Record added: Aug 04, 2007
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