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Carl Oehlke celebrated his 90th birthday on July 26. He has worked in the plumbing department at Menards for 17 years. He wanted to be photographed in this aisle because when he was young, electricity was just coming into homes and his father plumbed and wired the family homestead as a young Carl watched and helped.

90 years young and still looking forward

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Carl Oehlke offered a cliché initially as his secret to longevity attributing it to "wine, women and song." It did not take long for the widower, to share that he has always stayed active preferring the adage early to bed and early to rise as a way to stay out of trouble.


"It is important to keep your mind busy," said Oehlke who has lived in Hammond since 1953. His father was a dairy farmer in what is now Woodbury.

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