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December 17, 2021


The chill in the air didn’t dissuade the community from attending the Fergus Falls Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. As hundreds gathered, pockets of families, friends and neighbors dotted the landscape catching up on news and wishing one another happy holidays. The event served as a reminder of what it means to live in a small town - to be part of a caring community. As the tree was lit, music played and the sky exploded with a dazzling display of fireworks. I found myself marveling at the beauty of it all. It is hard to imagine anyone leaving the event who was not filled with the holiday spirit.


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November 15, 2021


As Thanksgiving draws near, it creates a much-needed opportunity for me to step back from the pressures and demands in my life and recenter on those things most important. My mom was one of the most thankful and selfless people I have ever met and my dad set high expectations and continues to offer a helping hand whenever needed. It was only by God’s grace that I was born into a loving family that modeled values that some may consider old-fashioned in this day and age. I could not have been more fortunate.


Amy and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this past summer. Given my quirks and idiosyncrasies, I am forever grateful to have found such a wonderful partner to travel this grand adventure that is life. She models life-long learning and acceptance of others and continues to make me a better person.


We were blessed with two children who are the pride of my life. Both are kind-hearted and of strong moral character. It is a joy to watch them continue to grow in confidence as they discover their talents and abilities.


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October 13, 2021


As a superintendent, my position provides me with opportunities to speak in public from time to time. I had the pleasure of sharing a few thoughts at a retirement reunion of Fergus Falls teachers a couple of weeks ago. The reunion is an annual tradition sponsored by the 544 Education Foundation.


I arrived early and enjoyed an opportunity to listen to people share their experiences working with the community’s children and their colleagues. Some of the stories were humorous, others poignant. Regardless of the nature of the memories shared, one common theme was evident - they were proud of their careers and they took pride in knowing that their contributions were meaningful.


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