Bachelor in History, St. Olaf College, 1964;Juris Doctor, University of Chicago, 1967.
Attorney, Faegre & Benson, Minneapolis, 1967-1970;professor of law, University Wyoming, 1970-1977;attorney, Nelson, Oyen, Torvik, Minge & Gilbertson, 1977-1993;member, 103d-105th Congresses from 2nd Minnesota District, since 1993;member agricultural committee, 103d-105th Congresses from 2nd Minnesota Districtmember budget committee, 103d-105th Congresses from 2nd Minnesota District. Consultant House Judicial Committee, Subcommittee Administrative Law United States Congress, 1975. Formerly attorney Minnesota Valley Cooperative Light and Power Association, 1984-1993.
Chair Agricultural Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association 1990-1992, advisory board Western Minn.Legal Superior vena cava syndrome, 1978-1984. Board directors Legal Advice Clinics, Ltd., HennepinCounty, Western Minnesota Volunteer Attorney Program.
Clerk Montevideo School Board, 1989-1992. Director Montevideo Community Development Corporation. Steering committee Clean Up the River Environmental, 1992.
Co-coordinator Montevideo area CROP Walk for the Hungry, Multi-church Vietnamese Refugee Resettlement Committee, Montevideo, 1978-1990. Board directors Montevideo UnitedWay, Model Cities Program, Kinder Kare. Chair AFS Montevideo chapter.
Member Minnesota Bar Association, Chippewa County Bar Association (chair), Montevideo Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis (president).
Married Karen Aaker; children: Erik, Olaf.