Moving to the wonderful community of Battle Lake and having the opportunity to work with so many terrific people of this area for the past 21 years has proved to be the opportunity of a life-time, complete with memories that I will cherish forever.

      Dawn, (wife) and I met while in college preparing for the Christian ministry. Following my graduation, we were involved in Parish ministry in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota and Richland Center, Wisconsin.

     Our two daughters, both married & nurses, came into our lives during the time we were engaged in my health care career. The oldest daughter and family live in Billings, Montana with our youngest daughter and family living in Hibbing, Minnesota. We are blessed with eight wonderful grand-children which we enjoy immensely.

     Jim’s career as a long-term-health-care administrator began in the town of Hoffman in 1968 as administrator of a 50-bed retirement home.  Little did he know at the time that 50 years later, a career that he thoroughly enjoyed would reach its’ conclusion just 40 miles down the road, here in beautiful Battle Lake.

     Prior to moving to Battle Lake he managed facilities in four Minnesota communities, Hoffman, St. Peter, Jackson & Pine River. While serving the facility in Pine River for 19 years he met the late Mayor, Les Estes and the late Ron Stabnow who came to Pine River to tour a 36-unit senior housing facility we had just opened.

     What a wonderful surprise, after moving to Battle Lake to find that Les Estes was still the Mayor and he would get to work closely with him and the City staff in development of Lakeview Senior Living Apartments on the Good Sam Campus. Jim counts it a joy and privilege to have had a wonderful working relationship with Battle Lake City leaders from that time and forward. The good things which were accomplished would not have been possible without their on-going support and leadership.

     Retirement for Jim will be somewhat bitter-sweet. He will dearly miss the rhythm of life in the health care setting and the wonderful relationship with so many people; the residents & families, staff & volunteers and community leaders.

     At the same time he is looking forward to a life lived at a more leisurely pace. He will enjoy spending more time with family which will involve some travel. He plans to be in a deer stand on opening day of the big game archery season and do a little more fishing, reading and spending more time with Dawn.

      Jim & Dawn both enjoy volunteering and will look for ways to continue making a difference for people.  Jim Wants to give God praise and thanks for the wonderful opportunities he has had in his meaningful career to serve people with the love of Christ… To God-be the Glory!


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