Welcome new retirees:
Rosemary Heins retired on January 31 after a 31-year career as an Extension educator in family development/family resource management. She worked in Redwood, Nicollet and Anoka Counties, and at the Regional Office in Andover.
Kathleen A. Johnson retired in September after 14 years as Extension 4-H program coordinator. She provided leadership and learning opportunities in Dakota County.
Cindy M. Petersen, a family development/family resource management regional educator for 37 years, worked in Renville and McLeod Counties, and most recently at the Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center in Minneapolis. She retired January 31.
Jeffrey K. Reneau, professor, Extension animal scientist and Extension program leader, retired on December 31. His 35-year career earned him the distinction of being one of the nation's leading authorities in dairy management.
Susan Shegrud, Clearwater County Extension support staff, provided support to the county 4-H program, agriculture and natural resources programs, Master Gardeners and the Clearwater County Fair for 23 years. She retired on January 24.
Maryann Woeste, office manager and payroll specialist, retired in December after 43 years of service for the Todd County Extension Office. Her work supported programs in health and nutrition, 4-H, agriculture, Master Gardeners, and county Extension committees.
Richard W. "Dick" Brand passed away December 2, in Long Prairie, age 93. His B.S. and M.S. degrees focused on dairy production, economics and journalism. He started his Extension career as a summer assistant in Houston County. Later he worked in Carlton and Todd Counties and retired in 1982 after 33 years of service.
Hazel M. Engelstad, 92 and a longtime resident of the Kasson area, died on February 3. She attended the University and was a 4-H Club agent in Dodge County for many years.
Carroll Fredrick Giesler, resident of Hibbing was 82 when he passed away on October 28. He received his B.S. degree in agriculture from the University and retired as county Extension director for St. Louis County.
Doris Marie Hagedorn, 72 and resident of Blue Earth, died on January 26. She worked for 34 years at the Faribault County Extension office.
Harlund G. Routhe (Hal) was passionate about the University, where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees studying agricultural education, economics and farm business management. His leadership positions during his 35-year career included state leader of Extension programs, program leader for agricultural production and associate director of Extension. He passed away on January 29 at his home in Falcon Heights, age 87.
Gerald Wagner, Roseville, died October 19, age 83. He worked for Extension from 1970-1998, during which time he conducted numerous dairy and beef tours in the U.S. and led 26 international tours to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Europe.
William F. Wilcke, 59, passed away on November 18. His background and degrees in agricultural engineering were well utilized when he joined the University in 1989. In addition to his teaching and research, he served as regional director for the North Central Region-Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education Program until he retired in 2010.