Ingmar Molde says he doesn't really have any secrets for living to be 100 years old.

Ingmar Molde says he doesn't really have any secrets for living to be 100 years old.

"I surprised myself that I made it to 100," he said. "Ninety-nine doesn't make an impression, but when you get to be 100 ..."

Asked if he has a special diet, Molde said, "Just be sure you get some lutefisk."

Ingmar's 100th birthday reception Saturday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church was attended by more than 300 people, including his five children. Molde also has 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

In remarkable health and pos­ssessing a sharp mind and wit, Molde still drives to the grocery store occasionally and lives by himself at Brookside Manor, which he has called home since 2000.

Molde says the biggest change he has observed in his lifetime is in agriculture. "Farming used to be horses and now it's big tractors."

For several years Molde has had the distinction of being Montevideo's oldest living veteran of World War II.

After graduating from Monte­video High School in 1930, Ingmar and his older brother, Adolph, farmed during the tough times of the Great Depression.

Deciding to pursue a different career, Ingmar earned a degree in business from the University of Minnesota and found employment with the Farm Security Administration (now Farm Service Agency) in International Falls and Park Rapids.

On Sept. 21, 1941, he married Irene Tase of International Falls.

Three months later the United States entered World War II and Molde expected to be drafted soon.

"I got by the first time because I was 28 and they weren't taking guys that old," said Molde in a 2001 American-News Salute to Veterans story. "After Pearl Harbor, they still weren't taking married men."

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