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Forum News Service, Published December 20 2013

Redwood Falls mayor dies; Revier ran for Congress in 1990s

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. -- Redwood Falls Mayor Gary Revier died unexpectedly Friday morning in his home.

KLGR Radio in Redwood Falls reported the death.

Revier had turned 67 Wednesday. He was a graduate of Redwood Falls High School and a well-known local businessman. He had been involved in city government since being elected to the Redwood Falls City Council at age 23, according to the city website.

He was elected mayor three times, and had served as a school board member, a chamber of commerce director and president, a bank director and a public utilities commissioner, the website said.

He ran for U.S. Congress in 1994 and 1996 as a Republican against former U.S. Rep. David Minge, D-Minn. He was defeated in both elections.

Revere was also known as a local historian. He frequently posted historical photos on Facebook, where he had more than 1,000 followers.

According to posts on his Facebook timeline, Dakota 38 riders stopped in Redwood Falls Friday morning to honor Revier, who had been a supporter. The Native American riders were traveling through on their annual horseback trip to Mankato in memory of the 38 Dakota men hanged there Dec. 26, 1862, in the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War in 1862.