Walsh values family, community

Joe Walsh, his wife, Brooke, and their sons, Truman and Keen.

Local attorney Joe Walsh is seeking election this November to the Minnesota House of Representatives. Putting politics aside for a moment, he sat down with the Mille Lacs County Times to talk about his family, history and hobbies.

Walsh and his wife, Brooke, live in Princeton with their two sons, Truman, 4, and Keen, 1.

“Truman was my favorite president and we just like the name,” Walsh said, explaining the origin of the boys’ names. “And Keen — well if I have some kind of naming magic, and can name things and make them be, that’s it.”

The young couple met while Walsh was attending law school at the private Catholic college, San Diego University. They married June 24, 2006 — a date they carefully chose.

“There was some study that June 24 was the happiest day of the year. And the venue had an opening that day, as well,” he said laughing.

He graduated from Chosen Valley High School in Chatfield, Minn. in 1999 before pursuing his undergraduate degree at Macalester College in St. Paul. They moved to Princeton nearly five years ago when Truman was just a few months old.

“We definitely wanted to get out from the city and all the things that come with it — traffic and congestion,” he said.

Walsh began working for the Milaca law firm, Curott & Associates before the family moved.

He enjoys shooting hoops at the Milaca High School gym with teachers and staff every Wednesday and Friday, and also plays basketball at Faith Christian School during the summer.

“That’s what I try to do for exercise,” he said. “And I enjoy playing at Faith with the younger kids.”

Walsh also sings in the choir at their church, Christ Our Light, in Princeton. He is also a volunteer coach for the Milaca High School speech team.

“I kind of live and die with the speech team during the season,” he said. “Those kids are great. They make us look pretty good.”

He has also tried his hand at fast pitch softball and has played on local leagues the past few years, despite what could have been an ego-crushing incident as a child. At 13, Walsh made a habit of hanging around the 15+ league.

“You stick around, and maybe they don’t have enough guys,” he said.

One evening the team was short a player and Walsh was eager to join. Once he saw the opposing team’s pitcher, however, his resolve softened. With the coach reassuring the young hopeful he wouldn’t be hit, Walsh stepped up to the plate.

“I don’t know how fast he pitched, but it was about as fast as you can,” he recalled. “And sure enough, the first pitch hit me right in the ear hole.”

For the full story and complete election coverage, see the Thursday, Oct. 25 print edition of the Times.