Jamie grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota, and graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Communications. His varied career experiences include owning and managing a Ford dealership, working as Director of Client Services for a technology company, doing home renovations as a licensed contractor, and serving as CEO, CFO, President, and Cook for Lefse By Lars, a concession-wagon enterprise which he was incorrectly convinced would make him rich.
He proudly owns the trophy for most times upside down in a season at the Jamestown Speedway, and he tirelessly works at extending his record of most things dropped out the back of a pickup. He’s been thrown from horses, cows, motorcycles, motor scooters, and one bar. He occasionally plays trombone in a jazz band, and even does some vocals when their real singer is ill, in surgery, or in jail. He also enjoys working on and driving old cars, and lives by the motto, ‘Never drive farther than you’re willing to walk’.
Jamie splits his time between Stillwater, Minnesota, and Ft. Myers Beach, Florida, and when in Minnesota is within five miles of his son, daughter, and his seven grandchildren.