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Retirees in retirement - sharing your story (Nov. 2018)


Mel Baughman, Extension forester and forestry program leader who retired in 2011, has been building bridges, boardwalks and trail treads on the North Country National Scenic Trail and regularly maintains several miles of the trail in the Rainbow Lake Wilderness in Wisconsin. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Trail Maintainer of the Year—a national award from the North Country Trail Association. Mel also serves on the Sawyer County Search and Rescue Team.

Dale Blyth, former associate dean for Extension Center for Youth Development, presented a symposium and served on a panel at the International Transforming Youth Work Conference in Plymouth, England in September. He recently published the book chapter: “The Challenges of Blending Youth Development and Social and Emotional Learning: Getting More Intentional About How Competencies are Both Caught and Taught in Out-of-School Time.” In Devaney, E. and Moroney, D. (Eds.), Social and Emotional Learning in Out of School Time: Foundations and Futures.

Timothy Dolan, an Extension agriculture educator in Sibley County, retired in 2012 and is an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church, serving three parishes. He is also director of social concerns in the Diocese of New Ulm and a recipient of Lumen Christi award from Catholic Extension.

Glenice Johnson, former regional educator, family resource management, is an officer in American Association of University Women, active in the Sons of Norway and Friends of the Library, and president and fundraising chairperson for the Sanford Thief River Falls Hospital Auxiliary. She is nearing her goal of exploring all seven continents, most recently Australia and New Zealand. Travels always include interaction or "home stays" with families, often with previously-hosted exchange students or relatives.

Maxine Norman McNeece, a 2012 retiree, moved to Grand Forks and attends her grandchildren’s soccer games, concerts and plays. She serves on her church’s missions committee and plans to travel to Uganda in early 2019 to participate in Sisters of Hope International. This program offers vocational training for women in financial management, business start-ups and customer service.

Irene Ott continues her committee work for the renewal and revitalization of Johanna Shores library. In her spare time, she participates in creative art projects and cheers for the Minnesota Gophers. Irene is the former program leader in family development until retirement in 1986.

Carol Skelly retired in 2011 as a 4-H community program coordinator. Carol was a group leader in 1971 for the 4-H Teen Caravan Exchange to the Netherlands. For 47 years she has enjoyed trips back and forth to visit her Netherland host and now friend. She looks forward to her friend coming for a visit later this year.

Roger Wilkowske, former south-central Minnesota water quality educator, retired in 1991, continues to work in many capacities: quality educator, Rice County recycling and household hazardous waste coordinator; Rice County feedlot educator; river-friendly farmer educator; livestock environmental quality assurance program enroller. Roger won the Waseca County Distinguished Agricultural Leadership Award in 2017.

Deborah M. Zak, Extension regional director, Northwest Region, retired in 2017, serves as vice president, Sanford Hospital Auxiliary Board, Thief River Falls. Deb will be moderating a panel for the 100th Anniversary of Extension in Pennington County on October 27. The panel includes Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, the city administrator, school superintendent and a Pennington County Commissioner, discussing Ben Winchester's work on the rural brain gain and exploring ways that Pennington County is positioning itself for the future (the Digi-Key Corporation located in Thief River Falls anticipates hiring 1,000 new employees within the next decade).
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