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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Welcome New Retirees (July 2015)

Mary Blickenderfer, Regional educator in Grand Rapids, began her Extension career in 1998 in shoreland and aquatic vegetation sustainability. More recently, she led research on the ecological function and integrity of terrestrial and aquatic systems. She retired on June 30.

Dale Blyth, Extension professor, Director/Associate Dean of the Extension Center for Youth Development, Howland Endowed Chair in Youth Leadership Development, retired on June 10 after 17 years of contributions and leading efforts to bridge research, practice, programs, policy and public understanding for youth development.

Jeffrey Gunderson, Extension educator in fisheries and aquaculture, and Director of the Minnesota Sea Grant College Program in Duluth since 2009, retired on April 1 after a 36-year career.

Diana Martenson wore many hats for Extension during her 32 years of service--county agent/director in Traverse County, interim youth development state program leader, program conference chair and organization and program development specialist on the St. Paul campus. She retired May 1.

Julie Miedtke, Extension educator in Itasca County, retired on June 30 after a 14-year career in natural resource management and utilization. She was known for her leadership in Firewise efforts, cooperative invasive species management, ash management and creating a Minnesota Women’s Woodland Owners Network.

Terrance Nennich, Regional Extension educator in Crookston, focused on commercial horticulture and was a leading resource for many specialty crops. His work with high tunnels contributed to extending the growing season and expanding local food initiatives. He retired on April 30 after 30 years of service.

Claudia Parliament, Extension economist, agribusiness and community resources, completed a 30 year career on June 30. She was instrumental in building the Minnesota Council on Economic Education, fostering economic education and bringing financial literacy to national and international students.

Thomas Stinson, Extension economist and Minnesota’s state economist, had a long career of scholarship and service before he retired on June 30. His careful analysis and understanding of macroeconomics has served five governors over 26 years.

Steven Taff, associate professor, Extension and applied economics, retired on June 30; the focus of his 30-year career was land economics, agricultural and environmental policy, which included development of the Minnesota Land Economics online database.

Eric Vogel, Regional Extension educator, youth development, in Willmar, retired on June 30. He provided leadership to 4-H youth development programs, led youth worker training, and utilized distance learning technology in educational design and delivery.

David Werner, Extension chief financial officer, retired on June 12. During his 35-year career, he served in many other positions, including 4-H agent, cluster livestock educator, district director and director of field operations.
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