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Jim Oftelie

Jim Oftelie is an engineer with Caterpillar Corporation, who currently now lives in Joliet, Illinois. He a mechanical engineer and MBA by training and specializes in hydraulic circuit and component design for off-road vehicles. His career in engineering involves the management of various aspects of new product development and market introduction. Jim’s hometown is Decorah, Iowa. Jim’s ties to Norway and Telemark are found in his father’s family, which consist of the Oftelie, Groven and Weiby families. The Oftelie and Groven family farms in the Seljord and Morgedal areas of Telemark. Jim, who is the great-grandson of Telelaget founder and historian Torkel Oftelie, participated in both the 2007 and 2012 Telelaget Tours. During the 2007 tour Jim had the rare blessing of having visited some of the Telemark relatives and ancestral homes with his late father, Stan. Jim’s outside interests include woodworking, carpentry, mechanical wristwatches and automobile restoration in addition to history, archaeology and family genealogy. Jim and Sara, his wife of 27 years have two children: Erin a journalist with the Tampa Tribune; and Daniel is a Navy Midshipman studying mechanical engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.





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