Jim Odegaard was born in Miller on July 19th, 1954, to Bud and Francelia Odegaard. He has an older brother, Rich, who lives in Browning, Montana, and an older sister, Ann, who passed away in 2005. Jim grew up on a farm south of Highmore and attended school there. During his high school years, he worked at the Pioneer Garage in Highmore and after high school, he attended a year at the Vo-Tech in Springfield, South Dakota, for auto mechanics.
Jim met his wife, Corrine, in Highmore and they were married on May 25th, 1974. They have two sons, Eric and Clinton, and one grandchild, Courtney. Their oldest son, Eric, and his wife, Angie, and daughter, Courtney, live in Spencer, Iowa. Their youngest son, Clint, was married to Dana in March 2007, and reside in Minooka, Illinois.
In May 1974, Jim and his family moved to Miller and he worked for Kennedy Houseboats for 12 years. After the factory moved, he went to work full-time for Pugh Brothers on their farm. He is currently employed at Dakota Energy Coop where he has worked for 6 years.
His hobbies are snowmobiling, woodworking and remodeling their home. He was a member of the Miller Fire Department for a number of years and was elected to the Miller City Council in April of 2007.