County employees earn service recognition

GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP Fillmore County recognized employees who have given 15 years of service. From left are Commissioner Marc Prestby, Tim Rasmussen, Lance Boyum, Michael Frauenkron, Brenda Pohlman and Paula Melver.

GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP Julie Loven received a certificate for her 25 years of service to Fillmore County.

GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP Fillmore County Director of Nursing Jessica Erickson is congratulated by Commissioner Marc Prestby as recipient of the county's safety award.
Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy
Bluff Country Newspaper Group

Fillmore County’s Board of Commissioners paused for a moment last week to honor the contributions of the county’s employees during the annual employee recognition ceremony held on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Fillmore County courthouse.

Fillmore County administrator Bobbie Vickerman welcomed the honorees to the boardroom, stating that the county administration and board “appreciate everything everyone does” to keep the county’s infrastructure in place and functioning for the greater good of its 21,000 residents. 

She read the names of individuals marking employment anniversaries in five-year increments, beginning with those who have given five years of service. They included welfare-social services employee Christina Bothun, Amy Hershberger in welfare-income maintenance, Traci Corson in social services, Kelli Dornink in welfare-social services, and resource recovery center employee Nicholas Meldahl.

Welfare-income maintenance employee Deborah Tammel Peterson and highway maintenance employee Jeffrey Dyreson both rounded off 15 years with the county, accompanied by nursing service 20-year veterans Brenda Pohlman, Bonnie Hill, Janice Baker and Paula Melver, 20-year sheriff’s employees Michael Hadland, Derek Fuglestad, Lance Boyum, Timothy Rasmussen and Bryan Guber, feedlot officer Michael Frauenkron in planning and zoning, Susan Phillips from the recorder’s office, and Kimberly McCabe from welfare-income maintenance.

Nursing service employee Julianne Loven marked 25 years on the county’s rolls, while Deborah Jeffers completed 45 years with the county attorney’s office.  While Jeffers was not able to attend, Loven was on hand to accept her own certificate of appreciation from the commissioners. 

Vickerman reiterated that the county holds its employees in high esteem and that what they do every day makes a difference. 

She also announced the winner of the county’s safety award – given to recognize an individual who has made the work environment safe for employees and customers, or residents – citing that there were several nominated for the award but only one award to be given, leaving the panel considering the choices with a difficult decision. 

Ultimately, Fillmore County Director of Nursing Jessica Erickson received the award for her department’s past year of safety in the workplace.  She was given a jacket with the award embroidered on it and a certificate to commemorate the occasion. 

Vickerman closed the ceremony by thanking everyone for coming and then sent them across the hall to enjoy refreshments as another “thank you” for their service.