21 Things You Might Not Know About Me: Tom Frost

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | DrydenWire |


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This week's 21 Things You Might Not Know About Me features former Washburn County District Attorney, Tom Frost.

  1. I have been married to my best friend for nearly 45 years. 
  2. We have two adult children, a son who is a police officer and daughter who works for the U.N.
  3. We have two grandsons and will have a third in a little more than one month.
  4. I have “retired” four times. 
  5. My first entry into politics was as campaign manager for the 1966 St Paul Murray High School Homecoming Queen.  
  6. I was a Washington County (MN) Deputy Sheriff.  
  7. At our house is a desk once owned by my Great Grandfather Hiriam Brown, a founder of Brown & Bigelow.  
  8. In one of my first jury trials, the jury returned a guilty verdict in less than ten minutes –  a record for the office.  
  9. I caught a ten-pound walleye. 
  10. I am allergic to peanuts and peanut butter.    
  11. I was appointed a Court Commissioner to officiate at weddings.  I have performed two: my daughter’s and the wedding of Jerusha Downer & Ben Dryden.  
  12. I saw Martin Luther King, Jr. give a speech on the mall at the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota in April 1967.
  13. After one of my retirements, I was appointed to serve the remaining unexpired term as Winona County Attorney. 
  14. Both my father and his father, my grandfather, worked until they were in their 90s.  I have plenty of time to unretire again.   
  15. My Great Grandfather Gustav Pfuzenreuter was a Norwegian ship captain.  I have a picture of his ship Fortuna.  
  16. I have a Masters degree in Public Administration Harvard University.  
  17. I worked for now U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar when she was Hennepin County (MN) Attorney.
  18. As a Boy Scout in 1964, I attended that National Jamboree at Valley Forge.  As part of the trip, we stopped in Washington D. C. where I climbed the stairs to the top of the Washington Monument.
  19. Over my forty years as a prosecutor, I collected law enforcement shoulder patches from every agency I prosecuted for.  I had them framed and they were on my wall when I was Washburn County District Attorney.  
  20. Maggie the beagle and I walk 3 miles every morning.  
  21. I attended a Twins – Yankee game in June 1961.  Future Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew hit two homeruns, one over the head of future Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle.  

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