Ray grew up on a family farm in Oshawa Township. The first three years of school were at Dist. 27 one-room School. After consolidation, St. Peter was the place to be. Ray Graduated from St. Peter High School and Mankato State College with a B.S. in Education. Taught for 14 years then returned to Mankato State University and earned a degree in Information Technology. Ray took a position with NationWide Ins. in Wisconsin and return home after 25 years. Preserving history has been important, whether it is family or community. Understanding where you come from helps you find your way forward. I believe that all history is important and needs to be preserved and presented to the community as often as possible and in many different ways.