Joseph (Joe) Urban believes that preserving and showcasing our local history is important, because it links us to our ancestors and communities. He enjoys local history and hearing the stories of people in Nicollet County who make this a great place to live. Joe is a U.S. Navy veteran who works in IT at Mankato Public Schools during the day. He and his wife own River Valley Birth Center. He lives in St. Peter with his wife Erika and their four kids.
Board Member since: 2014
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Board Member since: 2012
Marie Dranttel is a lifelong resident of Traverse Township, "the best place on earth to be." She is a Certified Public Accountant and one of the Nicollet County Commissioners. She is an avid gardener, quilter and reader. Marie says, "there is not enough time in my day to explore the never ending list of things to see and do!" She believes that sharing and understanding past generations helps to shape future generations.
Pam Morson is an active member of Lafayette and the surrounding area. She and her husband, Steve, raised two childern in the community and are pleased to be joined by their two grandchildren. Pam has also served on the St. Gregory the Great's Catholic Church Board, the Lafayette Charter School Board and is a member of the Lafayette Lions Club. She previously led the West Newton 4-H Club, Lafayette Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. She currently manages The Lodge of Winthrop. She enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures.
Board Member since: 2011
Nita's family moved to St. Peter in 1978 where she was a nursing instructor at Gustavus for nine years. In 1987, she was appointed Director of Nicollet County Public Health. Following her retirement in 2009, her interest in history and genealogy resulted in becoming involved with the Nicollet County Historical Society. During these years, she has researched multiple projects: compiling cemetery records for Resurrection, the Poor Farm, the St. Peter State Hospital original cemetery and the French Cemetery. Other projects have included compiling a list of all county commissioners and officials since 1853, indexing Bob Wettergren’s book, hospital development in St. Peter and documenting an electronic data base of obituaries published in the Herald from 1886-2008 for those with a Nicollet County connection.
Tim "Minnow" Bartelt became a co-owner and Director of Profits at Patrick's in St. Peter in 2001, after working there as a bartender, cook and manager since 1992. He played bass drum for the world champion St. Peter Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps from 1992 through 2005, and currently works with the Govies as support staff, assisting with their numerous fundraisers and events. Originally hailing from Waseca, MN, he has lived in St. Peter since 2007.
Board Member since: 2016
Tom is originally from St. George and has spent his life there. He attending vo-tech school and was employed by 3M for 38 years as a tool and die maker. He also farmed during that time. He retired from 3M in 2007 and is still farming today. Tom is married to his wife Carol and they have three children. He has always been interested in history and gives cemetery tours at Church of St. George West Newton, a parish that started in 1858.
Abbi Carleton grew up in Mankato and is a graduate of Loyola High School and Minnesota State University, Mankato graduate. She lives in Nicollet with her husband and four children. Abbi is in the process of opening a child care center in North Mankato. She is a Girl Scout leader for her daughter's Junior troop and assists with the 6th and 7th grade religious class at her church.
Board Member since: 2013
Board Member since: 2015
Amanda grew up in central Minnesota and moved to St. Peter in 2000 to attend Gustavus where she studied geography. After graduation, she volunteered for a year in Washington, DC and moved back to St. Peter where she currently lives. She is the Office Manager for Congressman Tim Walz, teaches indoor cycling classes at the YMCA in Mankato and pours wine in the Tasting Room at Chankaska.
JoAnn Gieseke is currently working in New Ulm part time. She is on the Thrivent Board in St. Peter, various Church committees and otherwise spends most of her time babysitting her grand kids babysitting, which she loves. Rhonda's husband passed away three years ago. They have five children, four in the area and one out of state. She also has eleven grand children, which keeps her hopping every other weekend.
Eileen W. Holz is a lifetime resident of St. Peter, graduate of St. Peter High School and Gustavus Adolphus College, and is self-employed at eholz graphix as a free-lance graphic designer. An avid genealogist and history buff, she is presently researching all sides of her family history, St. Peter cigar makers, Johnson Uniform Co., and Nicollet County polio victims and survivors. She believes that if you want a quality place in which to live, you have to be ready to work and volunteer to make it that way, hence her work with the St. Peter Reads Committee, the Nicollet County Historical Society, State Hospital Museum & Archives, and previously the Arts Center and the St. Peter Arts Association, St. Peter Community Players, and the Human Rights and Heritage Preservation Commissions.
Maria Lokensgard lives on the family farm in Norseland. She currently works at Scholarship America in St. Peter helping foundations and companies handle their scholarship programs. Preserving her history has been important to her family for generations, and the chance to serve on the Historical Society Board has strengthened her commitment to bring understanding and appreciation for our past to the next generation. Nicollet County has such a rich heritage of commerce and agriculture and she is looking forward to see the exciting ideas and new projects coming this year.
Bob has been married for 47 years, has 3 children and 5 grand children. He is a U.S. Navy veteran. Bob retired from 3M after 32 years in the IT department. He has served 24 years on the Courtland City Council with the last 10 years as Mayor. He has also been the Region 9 Commissioner for 10 years and on the Region 9 Board of Directors for 3 years. Bob was instrumental in helping to start and develop the Connecting Nicollet County Leadership Program. He also serves at the President of the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home.
Mark Ulman is a Social Studies teacher at Mankato East High School and has been in education since 2001. His undergraduate degree is in Business Management and his Master's degree is in Education. Mark has been a coach for the past 20 years in cross country, track & field, and is currently an assistant coach for the Mankato East/Loyola girls hockey team. He also coaches his children's teams in soccer and hockey.
In the summer, Mark is the Waterfront Director at a boys sports camp on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. In his spare time, he likes to spend his time with his wife Elizabeth and their three children Ethan, Julia, and Isaac.
If you or someone you know loves history and is interested in joining our Board of Directors, please email Alyssa Auten at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Treaty Site History Center at (507) 934-2160.
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