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Welcome new retirees (March 2022)

Alfredo DiCostanzo retired from the University of Minnesota on Jan. 13. Alfredo has been at the forefront of our Extension, teaching and research programs in beef. He and his family are moving to Nebraska where he will soon begin a regional beef Extension educator position with University of Nebraska Extension.

Suzanne Driessen, Extension educator in food safety, retired on Feb. 1 after nearly 25 years with Extension. Suzanne’s work has made food safer in Minnesota and beyond. An early adopter of technology, Suzanne has taken advantage of online teaching tools to bring research-based food safety education to food entrepreneurs, those in food service, and home cooks and preservers.

Linda Kingery retired after more than 21 years of service as the executive director of the Northwest RSDP. In her time with RSDP, Linda shepherded a regional board of directors and more than 200 community-driven sustainability projects.

Regina McGoff, business development coordinator in AFNR, retired in early March. Since joining AFNR in 2015, Regina has been a trusted advisor to program teams on business planning, needs assessments, evaluation, product pricing, grants and program development.

Shelley Nehl retired from the University of Minnesota on Jan. 14. Shelley joined Extension in 2014 as an accountant with the 4-H Foundation. Her position evolved in 2018 to work as the finance professional supporting Extension's development office.

Bunni Olson, office manager of the Wadena County Extension office, retired on Feb. 25. Bunni served in this role with Wadena County Extension for 25 years and has had many followers who rely on her knowledge and expertise for answers.

Ken Ostlie, professor and Extension entomologist in the Department of Entomology, retired on Jan. 31. For over 35 years, Ken addressed research and Extension needs related to corn insect pests in addition to mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in the department.

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