KSTP — He worked with Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny. Ralph Heimdahl was born in Willmar in 1909 and attended St. Cloud State University when it was a teacher’s college.
“I think Ralph has sort of been forgotten a bit,” SCSU Archivist Tom Steman said.
After graduation, Heimdahl won a contest to work at Walt Disney Studios and taught at Disney’s animation school. He worked on classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Dumbo, and Fantasia. Heimdahl was offered the Bugs Bunny newspaper comic strip and he would draw Bugs for more than three decades.