The man who has helped safeguard many of Colorado’s most historical documents for nearly a half century has retired from state government. State Archivist Terry Ketelsen, who had worked for the state for 45 years, retired last week at the age of 67.

Ketelsen’s retirement was abrupt, announcing it just days before he left, but he said his decision – which he’d been pondering for some time – was prompted by the recent deaths of nine friends in less than three months.

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