August 20, 2009 Minnesota
Marlene Mechelke, State Representative

Seventy-five retirees and current employees gathered for a “Reunion of Minnesota Retirees” on August 20, 2009 at the Legion Club in Waite Park, MN.   After a delicious Buffet Lunch, Bill Hunt (left) and Tom Christensen (right) gave an update on NRCS activities.   Then everyone as seen in the picture below introduced themselves and shared a lot of good stories and laughs.

Attendees at the Reunion (all from Minnesota unless otherwise indicated):
Ward Aas, Alexandria; Kevin Adelman, Sauk Rapids; Mike Appel, Milroy; Jim Ayres, Fergus Falls; Dave Breitbach and Kay, Roseville; Dwayne Breyer and Mary Kay, Hot Springs, SD; Bill Brune and Ruth, Victoria; Tom Christensen, Washington, DC; B. Kevin Daw, Duluth AO; Ray Diedrick and Jeanette, Faribault; Clifford Emmert, Alexandria; Ann English, State Office; Bud Finney, Roseville; Paul Flynn, State Office; Margy Gangl and Micki, Roseville; Al Giencke, Plymouth; John Gunderson, Detroit Lakes; Ron Hansen, Moose Lake; Bill Harju, Elk River; Char Harms and Richard, Duluth; Jerry Hildebrandt and Ferrolyn, Stewartville; Hilding Hokanson, Marshall; William Hunt, State Office; Thomas Jackson, St. Peter; Sonia Jacobsen, State Office; Justin Jeffery, Benson; Russ Johnsrud, Park Rapids; Tim Koehler, State Office; Max Lande and Cyrilla, Waseca; Laurel Lappegaard and LaVonne, St. Paul; Julie MacSwain, State Office; Robert Marthaler, Pipestone; Joe McCloskey, State Office; Marlene Mechelke, St. Paul; Howard Midje, Dennison; Charles Montgomery, State Office; Gary Moreau, Columbia, MO; James Murray and Claire, Glencoe; John Nicholson, Rochester Area Office; Curtis Nordaune, Montevideo; Wayne Oak, Sandstone; Colleen Oestreich, Fergus Falls Area Office; Laurie Otte, State Office; Vic Ruhland, St. Paul; Charles Saari, Sartell; John Schmidt and Meg, Fergus Falls; Lester Schmidt and Verna, Sleepy Eye; Ernie Schober, Calabash, NC; Steve Sellnow, Waite Park; Larry Stephens, Elbow Lake; Barb Strus, McGregor; Harvey Sundmacker, Maple Grove; Kasey Taylor, St. Peter Area Office; Ted Thorson and Janet, Rochester; John Torgerson, Coon Rapids; Ron Vorwerk, Preston; Gary Watson, Marshall Area Office; Tim Wilson, Brooklyn Center Area Office; Joe Wiltsey and Pam, Cross Lake; Marlin Ziemer and Gladys, St. James.

IMAGINE THIS:   Char Harms, retired Duluth Area 3 Administrative Coordinator wanted a picture with all her former supervisors   - Ernie Schober, Calabash, NC; Wayne Oak, Sandstone, MN; and Kevin Daw, present Ass’t State Conservationist (FO).

All indications are that John Nicholson, Assistant State Conservationist (left) from Rocheser, MN
was getting some retiree advice from the group he was chatting with!

L-R Harvey Sundmacker, retired ASTC-FO, Brooklyn Center greets and meets
with current MN NRCS Leadership, Kasey Taylor, ASTC-FO, St. Peter, MN; Ann English, ASTC-Operations, St. Paul
and Tim Wilson, ASTC-FO, (Harvey's replacement on the job).

Ya know, only in Minnesota would you be able to get two sisters to work at the SCS/NRCS retiree gathering in St. CLoud, Minnesota.
L-R Colleen Oestreich, ASTC-FO is joined by none other than the Gangl sisters who served as the front table registrars and hosts!
Margy on the right is the SCS retiree who last served in the position as the Secretary to the State Conservationist!
Margy knows how to make things happen and has a wonderful ability to engage everyone into a warm, Minnesota conversation.

Marlene on the right did a great job of getting the retiree gathering organized!
Finally after a bit of prodding she agreed to have her picture taken with some fellow retirees!

Dave with our photographer Julie - Julie how did you get all these SERIOUS folks to smile in every picture?

Ray Diedrick will be 80 in November - CONGRATULATIONS RAY !!

L-R Laurie Otte, Purchasing Agent for MN NRCS with some of her former retired co-workers!
Barbara Struess and Char Harms. Getting those 3 young ladies together generated some memories of the past...

Bill Brune and his wife Ruth Brune were all smiles at the retirement gathering in St. Cloud, MN.

John Schmidt on the right was in his element chatting with several former co-workers in Minnesota.
He hasn't changed a bit!

Minnesota NRCS employees enjoyed the opportunity to have their picture taken with Tom Christensen.
This was a Minnesota first to gather together the SCS retirees and NRCS employees.
L-R, front row: Colleen Oestreich, Julie MacSwain, Charles Montgomery, Tom Christiansen,
Kevin Daw, William Hunt, Sonia Jacobsen, Ann English and John Nicholson.
Back row: Tom Jackson, Dwayne Johnsrud, Joe McCloskey, Paul Flynn, Gary Watson, Kasey Taylor, Tim Koehler and Tim Wilson.