retirement

Jan Olson spent 37 years teaching in Luverne Public Schools. She decided to retire this summer.
Jan Olson spent 37 years teaching in Luverne Public Schools, primarily sixth-grade English, and recently decided to retire. “It wasn’t until this past summer that I decided it was the right time to retire,” she said. “Everyone always told me I would know when the time was right — it just seemed...
Todd Mann, Luverne, was one of the retirees honored during a farewell drive-thru event in May. Mann retires this month after working at Luverne Public Schools for 35 years.
“I came in quietly and I’m leaving quietly … just the way I like it.” That’s how Todd Mann described his retirement as lead custodian at Luverne Middle/High School. Mann is officially retiring this month after 35 years with the school district. He said his final year has been anything but typical,...
Leah Van Meeteran participated in the statewide Bus Roadeo, where she earned second place in 2007.
COVID-19 has had many unintended consequences. For the Community Transit program run by United Community Action Partnership, the missed opportunity to celebrate a dedicated driver is among them. Leah Van Meeteren retired on April 30 after 30 years as a public transit bus driver. While ongoing...
Cathy Mulder retired from Luverne Public Schools with 35 years in the lunchroom. In May when Mulder hung up her apron for the last time, co-workers hosted a little celebration in her honor in an empty cafeteria due to the coronavirus pandemic prompting students to learn from home.
An unexpected career change in the mid-1980s led Cathy Mulder to work 35 years in Luverne Public School lunchrooms. In May Mulder quietly exited the elementary school kitchen, where she had spent the majority of her time preparing and serving breakfasts and lunches. She hung her apron a final time...
Pastor Gary Klatt delivers his last sermon before retirement at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne on Sunday. Area churches are gradually reopening to in-person services under various health guidelines including limiting the number of congregational members at each service and non-family members sitting at least six-feet away from each other.
Area churches opened the doors to in-person services Sunday, with one church, St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne, saying goodbye to its pastor. Pastor Gary Klatt delivered his last sermon May 31 to a socially spaced congregation of 75 people, about a quarter of normal church capacity. Klatt...
After 41 years with Luverne Public Schools, Community Education director Karen Willers will retire from coordinating the program since 1999. Willers kneels in the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom she helped develop for early childhood families and the community.
After 41 years in education, Luverne Community Education Director Karen Willers decided this spring that her next lifelong learning activity is retirement. “I made it public on Leap Day,” Willers said. “Right before all this COVID-19 stuff started.” The coronavirus canceled all spring youth and...
After 40 years in the classroom, Luverne Elementary teacher Sue Hup announced that the 2019-20 school year would be her last. Hup holds a picture of her current first-graders, whom she’s been teaching virtually since March.
If success is measured in numbers, Sue Hup’s 40 years with students earns the Luverne Elementary teacher a gold star for achievement. At the end of the 2019-20 school year, she is looking for success in retirement. Hup is leaving students this week in a way she couldn’t imagine when she started her...
Dan Block is retiring from C&B Luverne effective April 1.
After 42 years working with John Deere, Dan Block recently announced he’ll retire this spring. The past 26 years of his career have been at the Luverne dealership where he grew the business and spearheaded a massive building project in 2018. Despite his role at the helm of a multi-million-dollar...
H-BC teachers, staff and school board members gather around district business manager Glenda Kuehl in the high school library Friday to celebrate her retirement, which starts Oct. 31. Kuehl has been using a wheelchair for the past few weeks after suffering a fractured kneecap in a fall.
Hills-Beaver Creek teachers, staff and school board members gathered around Glenda Kuehl in the high school library Friday afternoon to celebrate her retirement. Kuehl has been with the district for 25 years, first in the elementary library and since 2001 as business manager. She said it’s been...
Thirty-eight-year veteran kindergarten teacher Darlene Dreessen listens to Brecken Van Belle read from the activity sheet he completed.
Darlene Dreessen said goodbye to 38 years of teaching last month, having never graduated past the kindergarten classroom. Her years in the classroom began to take shape long before she accepted her first job with Magnolia Public Schools. “I have always known I wanted to be a teacher,” Dreessen said...

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