Community members invited to Hagedorn visitation

A public visitation will be held Friday and Saturday for Minnesota Congressman Jim Hagedorn, who died two weeks ago at the age of 59 following a battle with cancer.

Hagedorn represented the state’s first district, which covers much of southern Minnesota.

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The public is invited to Friday’s visitation, which will be held from 5-7 p.m. in Blue Earth.

A second public visitation will be held Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in Truman.

The funeral and burial for Hagedorn will be held privately this weekend.

Hagedorn was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in 2019 and began receiving care at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He announced he had a kidney removed as well as cancerous tissues surrounding the kidney.

Then in July 2021, he announced a reoccurrence of his kidney cancer.

Hagedorn’s widow, Jennifer Carnahan, reflected on their last few months together ahead of the funeral.

“We went through the worst, we went through a diagnosis of cancer two months after we were married,” Carnahan said. “We went through battling cancer, we went through elections, we went through a decimation of something that I would never want to go through in August as it related to my career right in the midst of all this going on. It just kind of made us come together more and unite.”