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Master gardeners honored at awards night


January 30, 2020

Ferrel Nelson

Pine County Master Gardeners pictured here at their January 21st Awards Night at Osprey Wilds are Standing L to R: Cheryl McHugh, Pine City; Char Husom, Brook Park; Karen Jansen, Pine City; Lauren Meister, Rush City; Barb Videen, Pine City; Carol Evans, Grasston; Kara Nelson, Askov; Clarissa Ellis-Prudhomme, Sturgeon Lake; Roxanne Beavers, Tom Rolf and Cindy Novy, Pine City; Sue Sloper, Willow River and Sandra Johnson, Finlayson. Seated L to R: Terry Salmela, Coordinator; Julie Kroschel, Hinckley; Bonnie Carlson, Rush City; Chris St. George and Nancy Babin, Pine City; Kim Metz, Rush City; Diane Scheremet, Hinckley; Nancy and Kevin Stephenson, Brook Park. 

Thirty-Five University of Minnesota Extension Pine County Master Gardeners volunteered 2,679 hours and put in 444 education hours in 2019. They were honored at their Awards Night and Dinner at Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center (formerly the Audubon Center of the Northwoods) west of Sandstone on January 21.

Paul Olesen, Askov was recognized for his 1,000 hours of volunteer service. Two master gardeners were recognized for 20 years of service. They were Char Husom, Brook Park and Sandra Johnson, Finlayson. Six received 10 years of service awards. They were Jennifer Eaves and Charles Mans, Hinckley; Roger and Linda Fischer, Cindy Novy and Barb Videen, Pine City. Three received their Master Gardener Certification Certificates and name badges for completing their intern year that included a 48-hour U of M Extension horticulture core course and 50 volunteer hours of service. They were Anita Flansburg, Hinckley; Karen Jansen, Pine City; and Cassidy Roberts, Rush City.

The master gardeners were treated to an excellent program on "Completing the Circle – Lake Superior" by Kate Crowley, Willow River who told and showed photos about the walk that her husband Mike Link and she made around Lake Superior.

The master gardeners invite everyone to save the date of Saturday, April 4 for the 18th Annual Pine County Master Gardener Horticulture Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pine City High School. Look for registration information at the U of M Extension Pine County webpage at and click on "Pine County Horticulture Day."

The Master Gardener program is a University of Minnesota Extension horticulture education program that trains volunteers who have an interest in horticulture. Trained Master Gardener volunteers provide research-based horticulture information to the public through a variety of ways. Anyone with an interest in the program or who has gardening questions should contact the Terry Salmela, Coordinator at the U of M Pine County Extension office at the courthouse in Pine City at 800-657-3813 Ext. #3. Like us on Facebook at


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