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New Retirees (March 2015)

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Welcome new retirees:

Diana Goemann, executive office & administrative specialist, retired on Nov. 5. For the past 10 years, she supported Extension's 4-H and health and nutrition programs with writing and preparing newsletters, brochures and program flyers.

Jill May, retired on Oct. 29 as an Extension educator in health and nutrition. She created educational and training materials for statewide health and nutrition through needs assessments, piloting and testing materials, and spearheading the use of technology to advance the mission of health and nutrition education.

David Moen, Extension Master Gardener program manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, retired on Jan. 23 after 25 years of contributions to building community, youth programming, and volunteer management training. He approached his work through the lens of "growing plants and growing people."

Pauline Nickel, Southwest Research and Outreach Center Station Head and Extension Outreach Coordinator, after more than 40 years of service, retired on Dec. 31. Her distinguished contributions included administrative, programmatic and fundraising to vitalize rural communities and improve production agriculture in southwest Minnesota.

Katherine Waters, Extension program leader, food systems, Extension Center for Family Development, retired on Dec. 19. Her many collaborations across disciplines and colleges fostered advocacy and improvements in emergency planning and risk communications, healthy foods and food protection as well as veterinary and public health concerns.

Retiree Updates

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Welcome new retirees:

Janet Bloomquist, administrative secretary, Watonwan County. Her 29 years of service and commitment to youth development, county work, and helping others was appreciated and recognized on March 17.

Bev Swenson, 4-H program coordinator in Kittson County , retired on April 30 after 16 years of service. She delivered new after-school programs and aquatic robotics to youth in Kittson County.

In Memoriam:

Rueben Myrum Boxrud, resident of Slayton, MN, and graduate of University of Minnesota, passed away on May 20.  He was an Extension agriculture agent for five years in McCloud County and Extension director for Murray County, 1958-1985.  Rueben was 89.

Sara Elvira Cina, 104, died April 24, in LaQuinta, CA. A 1933 University of Minnesota graduate with a bachelor of science degree in home economics, Sara worked as a home demonstration agent for Extension in Grand Rapids and Hennepin County. In 1944 she moved to California and served as a nutrition educator, taught cooking in schools as well as offering classes on television. She was member of the Home Economics Hall of Fame.

Ada D. Schroeder worked as an Extension home agent from 1935-1968 in Beltrami, Fairmont, and Pipestone Counties where she organized and taught 4-H clubs. Ada passed away on March 5 at age 103.

Retiree Updates

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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.

In Memoriam:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Doris Marie Hagedorn, 72 and resident of Blue Earth, died on January 26. She worked for 34 years at the Faribault County Extension office.

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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.

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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.

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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.

New Retirees

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Larry Coyle retired January 2 after 35 years of professional service in technology and distance education. He was a strong early voice in promoting technology-enhanced outreach work.

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Maxine Norman retired September 7 after eight years of contributions to Extension's leadership and civic engagement programs, focusing on adult education, curriculum and evaluation. She helped communities face change by engaging them in technology adoption, leadership development, and poverty reduction. 

New Retirees (January 2012)

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Welcome to the new retirees who retired in August, 2011 through January, 2012

Rose Allen, Extension educator in family relations. For 26 years, her contributions centered on helping families during major transitions in their lives, teaching parents the impact of divorce and new family strategies through educational tools, such as We Agree: Creating a Parenting Plan.

Shirley Anderson-Porisch retired after a 39-year career in family resource management education that included developing curriculum and training to address the issue of financial literacy. Her ground-breaking work with addicted gamblers and their families is being used across the country.

Melvin Baughman, Extension forester and natural resources program leader, retired after serving 36 years in numerous roles ranging from educator and researcher to leadership at state and national levels.

Neil Broadwater, Extension educator in livestock and dairy education, served the people of Waseca, Winona and Houston counties for 36 years of dedicated service.

James Carlson, Extension regional director, 35 years of service. In addition to leadership in Morrison County and Brainerd regional office, he held educator positions in agriculture and 4-H youth development.

Rita Colchin, Community Nutrition Educator, Dakota County, provided 14 years of service for the Simply Good Eating East Metro Program.

Shirley Doering , regional Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development, worked 28 years starting in Blue Earth County and continued as a regional educator and co-authored "Operation Military Kids" and "Self-Care for Kids" curricula to name a few.

Timothy Dolan, Extension educator who worked in Sibley County for 21 years and provided leadership for food, agriculture and natural resources and community development programs.

Mary Duncomb, Extension education, provided 40 years of service and leadership to the 4-H youth development programs on the county, regional and state levels, working to assure young people had opportunities to learn.

Kendall Dykhuis, Extension educator in St. Louis County, worked 24 years with agricultural production systems and horticulture, addressing landfill problems and increasing the productivity for the area.

Nancy Frosaker Johnson served as an Extension regional director in Moorhead and Fergus Falls in addition to roles as an educator in family development and county Extension director in Clay County, retired with 32 years of service to Extension.

Colleen Gengler, Extension educator, family relations, with 38 years of service in Cottonwood, Nobles, Murray Counties and as regional educator in Worthington where she provided online teaching for families with teens as well as in areas of family and nutritional needs.

Janene Hodges Gilman, worked 32 years as an extension educator in family resource management, and focused on communities, families, new immigrants, unemployed and youth.

Elaine Greenfield, associate administrator for Extension, providing support for 46 years to all aspects of Extension administration from unit directors to information technology.

Kent Gustafson, community vitality, Extension educator in Tourism Center, was passionate about educating people about the world of events, the opportunities for agri-tourism and community leadership.

Jayne Hager Dee, Extension regional director for the Regional Office in Farmington, provided 13 years of building strong relationships with county officials to meet community needs.

Jo Ann Hardy retired after nearly 27 years of service to Extension Human Resources; she contributed her skills in many aspects of work--payroll and data management, employee relations, problem solving, advocacy, and coaching for employees and supervisors, work team management, and policy advising.

Chery Hays Day, Extension organizational training unit coordinator, retired after 26 years as a video production specialist. She was a major player early on in technology-enhanced outreach and received awards for her initiatives.

Susan Hooper retired after seven years as a family resource management educator. Her educational offerings were accessible in diverse settings such as jails, correctional facilities and workforce centers.

Robert Hursh, Extension information technology specialist, with 33 years of service beginning as a programmer and concluding with central system support as database administrator.

Karen Lilley began her Extension career in 1972 as a graphic designer. Her professional skills were utilized in the multiple roles she served through the years: art service coordinator, consulting communicator, computer strategist, information and technology head, print and electronic publishing leader, web coordinator, business advisor and Extension website manager.

James Linn, Extension Specialist and former department head in Animal Science, was nationally known for extensive educational programs in dairy cattle nutrition, feeding management, and replacement heifer nutrition and management.

Rae Montgomery, Extension professor and technology literacy coordinator, through her 29-year career she created distance education technology, online resources, and helped communities integrate technology advances.

Patricia Morreim served Extension for 32 years starting as 4-H agent in Anoka County and moving into leadership roles as a County Extension Director and most recently as the regional director in Andover.

Robert Mugaas, regional Extension educator, 33 years of contributions to education in turf management, weed control, integrated pest management, pesticide education and all aspects of the Master Gardner Program.

Robert Olen, Extension educator, St. Louis County, 35 years of research-based education and contributions in fields of consumer and commercial horticulture; his cold-climate horticultural field research helped increase productivity and profitability.

Kathleen Olson, Extension educator, 40 years of service starting with Goodhue County and concluding as a regional educator centering on educational programs in family relations, teaching parents the skills to raise their children in a complex world.

Phyllis Onstad retired after 26 years as an Extension educator in family development. Her work led to the development of educational programs for, immigrants, and children experiencing their parents' divorce and those impacted by disaster

Barbara Piehl, Extension educator, retired after 34 years providing leadership to the 4-H Youth Development Program on the county, regional and state levels, providing contributions to volunteer and partnership development

G. Lee Raeth, Director of Field Operations, worked in many areas of Extension for 38 years serving as a county agent to district director, lastly developing the regional director team and field operations.

Willa Reed, executive office and administrative specialist, contributor to many areas of Extension including the Center for Community Vitality, Farmer Lender Mediation program, operations and communications teams and dean's office.

June Rhoads, principal office and administrative specialist for 19 years, worked in several different capacities, most recently assisting the many clients in Extension's research development unit.

Barbara (Bobbie) Roberts, executive office and administrative specialist, worked for 35 years to support many administrative functions for Extension, including district operations, human resources and coordinating HR data systems.

Dorothy Rosemeier, Executive Director, West Central Sustainable Development Partnership, retired after 33 years in community development and civic engagement. She started her Extension career as an educator in Swift County and it evolved to leadership, dedication to sustainability and active citizen leadership.

Byron Schneider, associate professor, youth development, retired after 30 years of service to the University, teaching, research and leadership in both national and international contexts for understanding youth development.

Wayne Seidel, Extension educator for Lake County, serving 29 years, teaching natural resource education, storm water management and erosion control and bringing University resources to the region.

Russell Severson, Extension educator, 38 years of dedication to agriculture and the Northwest Minnesota community; his career included work as a research scientist, county and regional educator, with contributions to educational programs in crop improvement and soil and water conservation.

Joan Sigmundik, Executive administrative specialist, for over 27 years she provided administrative assistance to Ramsey County and the Extension Center for Community Vitality, helping program leaders, many volunteers and regional educators.

Carol Skelly, community program associate, 39 years of working with 4-H youth development programming and contributing to Cloverbud educational materials used across the state and county.

Jaclyn Smith, 24 years of service as a Master Gardener volunteer and coordinator, programs in Carver and Scott Counties grew, meeting community needs with horticulture and environmental education.

Toni Smith, Field Operations Outreach Director & Liaison to Association of Minnesota Counties, 35 years of contributions from an educator in Murray, Pope, Wabasha Counties to Extension director to outreach director for field and government relations.

Barbara Sorensen, Extension Educator, Volunteer and Partnership Development, 32 years of leadership to 4-H youth development programs at the county, regional and state level. Resource to colleagues in volunteer and partnership development.

Minnell Tralle, Extension educator, family relations for over 36 years, served as a 4-H youth development agent in Washington County, home economist agent in Sherburne County and program leader and regional educator in family relations.

Joyce Walker, Extension Professor and Assistant Director, Extension Center for Youth Development, 28 years of service to youth development, created critical and innovative programs bridging research and practice in youth work.

William Wilke, Extension specialist, developed a regionally renowned and nationally-recognized program on the post-harvest handling of crops, including grain drying and storage. His programs have widespread use by grain farmers throughout the state.

New Retirees (August 2011)

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Cindy Bigger retired after 30 years in Extension that included an early role as a Clearwater County 4-H summer assistant and more recently, an educator in Leadership and Civic Engagement. Her contributions have been many for 4-H youth, volunteers, Farmer Lender Mediation partners and local government and community leaders.

Raymond A. Bisek, after 21 years of work in the fields of agriculture and natural resources, will retire at the end of May. Ray's career spanned work as a county agent, original farm info line and more recently, collaboration as an Extension educator on corn and soybean trials in northwest Minnesota.

Donna Geiser, Extension educator who has worked with 4-H youth development program for over 25 years, retired in May.

James Kurtz retired at the end of June from his nine year appointment as an Extension educator in agricultural business management. He also served as the field representative for the Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association, working out of the Extension Regional Office in Worthington.

David A. Nelson retired in July after 13 years of Extension programming in community vitality. His contributions were many, most known were in the development of the Economic Impact Analysis offerings and in-depth analysis of Rural Health Works.

Harlan Rosendahl provided leadership in regional 4-H youth development programs, both with North Dakota Extension Service as well as in Anoka and Douglas Counties, and most recently in the Extension Regional Office in St. Cloud. He retired on June 30 with 30 plus years of service.

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Carlyle D. Holen, Extension associate professor, entomology and integrated pest management specialist retired on January 1, completing 33 years of research, education, and leadership in the field of integrated pest management. He worked on the Crookston campus.

Joanne Musich, with 24 years of service and contributions in fields of home economics, family development and family relations, retired on December 31. Jo was instrumental in implementing a number of programs, including Partnering for School Success, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Parents Forever, and Positive Parenting.

New Retirees (September 9, 2010)

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Lou Ann Jopp, Extension educator who began her career in home economics, Wright County, retired on August 13 after 18 years of service. Her career with Extension included developing and teaching programs in food science, Cooking Safely for a Crowd, Food Safety Employee Training, and Serve It Up Safely.

Sherri Gahring, Professor and Extension specialist in the University's Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel, and member of the Center for Community Vitality, retired June 1 after 40 years of service. Sherri began her career in 1970 as an Extension home economist in Iowa and became an Extension specialist in textiles and clothing for University of Minnesota Extension in 1975.

Kay Stanek, retired August 3. Kay's leadership positions in her Extension career began at the University of Wisconsin Extension in 1968. In 2000, she was appointed as the West Central District Director for University of Minnesota Extension, and later as the Extension Campus Regional Director at University of Minnesota Morris.

New Retirees (May 2010)

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Madge Alberts, associate Extension professor and program coordinator, University of Minnesota Children, Youth and Family Consortium, retired on December 31 after 20 years of leadership and service for programs in the area of children, youth and families.

Carol Ann Burtness, regional Extension educator and active veteran of the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, retired after 34 years of contributions to Extension program areas of family and consumer science, food science and food safety; her retirement was effective on January 31.

James Deidrick, retired on November 30, 2009 with more than 30 years in youth development, holding 4-H leadership roles at county and state levels. In January, he began a new position as national program coordinator for Operation: Military Kids.

Carl Hoffman, retired on April 30 after more than 20 years as Stearns County's Extension educator in horticulture. His Extension horticulture livelihood followed a long career as a vocational and school teacher, although he had been gardening since he was a child on his family's farm near Clearwater. Read more about Carl Hoffman's retirement on the AgriNews website.

Juan Moreno, diversity and inclusion specialist for Extension, retired on January 31, after 31 years with the University of Minnesota, 12 of which were with Extension. He is most known for contributions to community building through diversity and inclusion in local, state, national and international arenas. He will spend his retirement in Florida and Ecuador.

Robert Quinlan, Extension educator with 34 years of service and contributions in county and regional roles for 4-H Youth Development, retired on May 3. He also was co-chair of the Minnesota 4-H Camping Program Initiative Team.

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