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Retirees in retirement: Sharing your story (March 2022)

Chuck Schwartau, retired regional Extension director and Extension educator in dairy, shared: I've been invited to co-lead an ag-based tour to Ireland this summer, June 18-26. Long enough for the break so many desire and short enough that it doesn't mess up your entire summer schedule. Even if agriculture isn't your primary interest, there is plenty of time devoted to other tourist activities on the tour. Ireland has recently been touted as one of the safest places to travel right now so this is your opportunity to get out and see a bit of the world beyond your living room and neighborhood. The itinerary and registration are available online. A couple of past or present Extension staff have already signed up. We'd love to see more. This tour is in cooperation with the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

I officially retired as the open-class beef superintendent of the Minnesota State Fair after 35 years and am in the process of retiring as secretary of the Goodhue County Fair. I might see what else goes on in the summer!

Steve Handegaard, retired regional Extension educator in youth development, writes: I have been involved with Kiwanis for many years during my time in Extension and continue now in retirement. Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Many Extension employees and retirees are involved in their local Kiwanis Club. In 2021, I retired after 16 years as district secretary/treasurer for the Kiwanis District of Minnesota, North and South Dakota. Now I have the opportunity to serve as district Kiwanis governor for 2022-2023. It is a great fit for people that want to help serve children and their communities. You can learn more at the Kiwinis website.

If you have news or a story to share with fellow Extension retirees, please share it by completing this Google Form or email the Retiree News email account at

We hope to hear from many of you. Do not be shy — tell us about your activities and successes!

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