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Minnesota town remembers mayor

Haley Harrold, Luke Smith and Paul Harrold attend the celebration of life service Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Clearbrook Community Center for Mayor Mike Gibeau, who died Feb. 17 at age 61. Haley Harrold and Paul Harrold are Gibeau's great-niece and great-nephew. BEMIDJI PIONEER/Crystal Dey

CLEARBROOK, Minn. – The American Dream is still alive here because of one man who was celebrated, remembered and mourned Saturday.

Cars and pickup trucks lined the blocks surrounding the Clearbrook Community Center as family, friends, classmates and colleagues turned out to honor Mayor Mike Gibeau’s life and the livelihood he gave back to his community. The crowd easily soared past 500.

Gibeau died unexpectedly of a heart attack while shoveling snow Feb. 17. He was 61.

City Councilman George Postier has taken over as de facto mayor until November elections.

Gibeau began his career in city government in 1975 when he was elected to the City Council. Always a fixture in the community, he was elected mayor in 2003.

During Saturday’s program, 15 people stood to share “Giberisms” and stories of how Gibeau, a man once referred to as the godfather of Clearbrook and an ambassador for the community, influenced their lives.

After the laughter and tear-filled recounts of Gibeau’s legacy the crowd stood, raised their right hands and toasted an invisible toast to the spirit of Mike Gibeau, the spirit of Clearbrook.

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