Mean Gene Okerlund brought wrestling to a brand new level

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Mean Gene OkerlundIt made national news, but the death of a staple in entertainment certainly wasn’t up there with the government shutdown or anything like that.
Yet when “Mean” Gene Okerlund died at the age of 76 last week, it ended an era that began so many years ago in the Upper Midwest.
Born in Sisseton, S.D., population 2,400, Okerlund was living proof that a small town kid could make it to the big time.
Okerlund, for those of you who don’t know, was a professional wrestling announcer. Sure...

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