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Shearer retiring as U of M Extension Coordinator

At the end of December, Sally Shearer retires as Hubbard County U of M Extension Program Coordinator.

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Sally Shearer

Sally Shearer is retiring at the end of 2020 from Hubbard County’s University of Minnesota Extension Office.

For the past 11 years she has served as its program coordinator. She’s also volunteered as a master gardener for 20 years.

She was presented with a certificate of appreciation at the Dec. 1 county board meeting.

“It’s been an excellent run,” Shearer said.

In an interview later, Shearer said, “I certainly will miss the activities and teaching moments of the Extension Programs. It was such a treat to be in the position to introduce valuable information to the community, whether it was a new insect we needed to learn about or how to take care of our waterways. I truly appreciate and thank the community for being supportive stewards in our programs. The majority of our programs were in partnership with many community organizations. With their valued support and excellent guidance from our Extension board our programs proved successful. I truly thank all.”

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Because of the coronavirus pandemic, U of M Extension “has temporarily put a hold on any one-on-one educational programs,” Shearer continued. “Programming may begin to take on a different look, at least for now. The Extension office is still open, whereby the community can still call to have their horticulture questions answered through the Master Gardener Program.”

In retirement, Shearer said she plans “to continue ‘playing’ in my gardens, enjoy more outdoor activities, include some crafting ideas and of course have fun with family times.”

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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