The Free Press, Mankato, MN


September 22, 2012

Ojanpa: Prison roused Le Center mayor hopeful


“I was violent when I went into prison, and basically it was a wake-up call. I wasn’t a religious person but I realized that I needed to change my life around or I’d never get out of there. It was time for me to grow up.”

He says he walked out of prison seven years ago owning only the clothes on his back and an ‘83 Chevy Camaro.

McClune is running for mayor unfettered by any legalities. By law he’s free to seek and hold office because he’s completed his sentence and probationary period.

Even so, he knows he faces a challenge because the label of sex offender is a permanent tattoo.

“It pisses me off but there’s nothing I can do.”     


Brian Ojanpa is a Free Press staff writer. Call him at 344-6316 or email

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