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Extension Staff Day in Bemidji and Mankato

Extension recently held staff days at which administrative support, nutrition education, 4-H, and other staff participated. Two awards were given for which I am particularly proud. Betty Wistrom, SNAP-Ed Educator for southern St. Louis County, received the Dean's Distinguished Community Nutrition Educator Award at the session in Bemidji. In her letter of nomination, Betsy Johnson, Betty's previous supervisor, wrote, "Betty is truly an outstanding CNE who serves as an exemplary representative for the University of Minnesota Extension locally, regionally, and statewide." Betty moved to a SNAP-Ed Educator position in January, and continues making many contributions to Extension.

Deb Page, Assistant Director, Extension Human Resources, received the Extension Distinguished Dean's Staff Award Nomination. I wanted to acknowledge Deb's award because of the support she gave all of us in Family Development as we were restructuring the Health and Nutrition Program this past year. I know that many employees who were leaving the organization found her assistance and advice very helpful as they navigated the severance process. In addition, Deb was always available to answer staff's many questions and address their concerns. Thank you, Deb!

Karen Shirer
Associate Dean

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