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Did You Know? (News About Retirees)

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Extension Retirees (and Former 4-H'ers) Reminisce About Extension Experiences

The Houston County 4-H program holds the record for producing more University of Minnesota Extension educators than any other county in the state. In an article in the Caledonia Argus, former Extension educators Diane Damerow, Carol Ann Burtness, Naomi Fruechte, Janet Beyer & Phyllis Onstad, all former Houston County 4-H'ers as well, discuss their careers and time with Extension.

Recent Retirees Reach Out

Jayne Hager Dee, former regional director at the Extension Regional Office in Farmington, is working with Extension's Development Office to reconnect with Extension retirees throughout the state. Since June, Jayne has been concentrating on retirees who live in greater Minnesota; this winter and spring she will be meeting with retirees who live in the Twin Cities area.

Nancy Frosaker, former regional director in the Extension Regional offices in Fergus Falls and Moorhead, returned to Extension in May to work part-time as a fund development officer in northwest Minnesota. Her efforts have concentrated on the NW Emerging Leadership program as well as establishing a county 4-H endowment. Her time has been spent on donor contacts.

Their efforts have been warmly received and they report hearing some rich stories from long-time Extension careers. They both look forward to learning again about the importance of Extension and the University of Minnesota's presence in communities throughout the state.

Voyageur Skies Honored with Regional Award

Voyageur Skies: Weather and the Wilderness in Minnesota's National Park has won the 2011 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in the Art & Photography category. Voyageur Skies chronicles spring, summer, fall and winter in Voyageurs National Park through Extension retiree Don Breneman's stunning photographs, while Extension climatologist Mark Seeley explains the effects of weather and climate on the shaping of the park's pristine landscape.

The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards is a joint venture of the UMD Library, Friends of the Duluth Public Library and Lake Superior Writers.

Stay in Touch with Your Former Colleagues on Facebook

Extension Retirees and Friends Facebook group now has 47 members. Have fun keeping in touch with your former colleagues, share thoughts, ideas and photos. You can post updates about your volunteer work, or classes, workshops and other opportunities you are taking advantage of that your former colleagues might also find inspiring. To join, go to the University of Minnesota Extension Retirees group page and click "Request to Join."

We also hope you will connect with Extension on Facebook. By hitting the "Like" button on Extension's Facebook page, you can read select news, and join in on conversations about issues that matter to Minnesotans.

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