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Johnny Ertle: former bantamweight boxing champion of the world

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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:00 am

In July at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame announced inductees to the Hall of Fame for 2011. Among the new members was a man known around Stillwater for more than half a century, Johnny Ertle.

Johnny Ertle, also known as “Kewpie,” or “Little Dynamo,” was born in Hungary in March, 1897. He traveled across the ocean and landed in the United States when just a young man. His family settled in Minneapolis and Johnny would work shining shoes. He bought himself a membership to the YMCA for $6 and that is where he received his early training as a boxer.

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