MEET OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
Ward B. Voorhees, President
Retired USDA Soil Scientist. Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota. Stevens County Historical Society Board President. Stevens Community Medical Center Board of Directors Secretary. Summit Cemetery Board of Directors. Stevens County Board of Adjustments. WCROC Horticulture Advisory Committee. Married to wife Carol. Three daughters.
Karen De Vita, Vice President
Karen has been volunteering at the SCHS since 2005 and was elected to the Board in 2010. She was born and raised in Hancock, but left Minnesota shortly after finishing school. Karen has lived in seven states before returning to Minnesota in 2003. Her past work experience includes financial planning and insurance service. Karen and her husband live south of Chokio. She has a daughter in Los Angeles and a son and grandson in Chokio. Karen enjoys reading, cross stitching, hiking, family research and, of course, volunteering at SCHS.
Stan and his wife, Pat, live on their farm in rural Hancock. They are both retired. Stan has served on the SCHS Board of Trustees since 2003. Stan’s first eight years of school were at country school, rural District #20. Stan graduated from Morris High School in 1957. Then, he farmed until his retirement in 2006.
Stan now serves on the West Central Christian Homes Board of Directors, Zion Lutheran Church Stewardship Board, Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery Board. Stan also does some volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity and delivers Meals on Wheels.
Vicky (Mathison) Dosdall has been a lifetime resident of Stevens County growing up just south of Alberta on the shores of Lake Hattie. Now residing north of Morris, Vicky owns and operates Lawn and Driveway Service which is involved in Turf Establishment and Erosion Control on Construction projects. In her spare time, she loves to garden and has numerous themed flower gardens. The community is very important in her life and she is involved in Stevens County Homemakers, Faith Lutheran Church, Stevens County Historical Society and is Manager of the 4-H Food Stand at the Stevens County Fair. To keep a small rural community growing, people need to get involved and work to keep our history and future alive.
Eugene was born and has lived on a farm in Horton Township all of his life, except for his time in the Navy and his first job. Eugene and his wife, Darlene, celebrated their 50th Anniversary this year. They have three children, Barbara Klinkenberg, John Pasche, Sandra Nelson and four grandchildren. Eugene is a member at Zion Lutheran Church in Morris and has served in many positions. Currently, Eugene serves as Branch Manager of MN North Branch for Orphan Grain Train which collects and provides humanitarian aid to those in need. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and restoring John Deere tractors.
Linda is a retired elementary teacher from Morris. Her husband, Karl, is a farmer, and they have three grown children. They own and are the caretakers of SWELL (Scandia Woods Environmental Learning Lab). Linda has been on the board at the museum for many years and enjoys being on the “High Tea Committee” because she loves to cook and bake in her spare time.
Steve and his family became residents of Stevens County in 1991.
Steve’s wife, Gwen and their 3 children moved to Morris from California for Gwen’s job at UMM where she is a Professor of Education and Chair of Division of Education. Their children are all adults and are all married.
When they moved to Morris they bought the historic Hancock (Frank & Ida) House at the corner of East 5th Street and Colorado Avenue. They have rehabilitated the house which was built in 1901. The house was home to 3 families and 27 years of college fraternities before Steve and Gwen bought it.
Steve is a licensed building contractor, certified home inspector, city rental inspector (Morris and Browns Valley), rental property caretaker and landlord. Steve has served as a SCHS board member for about 20 years and is also a member of the City of Morris Planning Commission.
Mary is a lifelong resident of Morris. A Morris High School graduate and alumnus of UMM majoring in communications and minoring in business. Mary began work at Willie’s Super Valu while in college and has been employed there in sales/office management. She is an active member of Faith Lutheran Church. She co-chaired the Stevens County Relay for Life, and has been team captain and participant for over 10 years. Mary participated in Leadership Morris and has served on the Morris Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Jason Lina is originally from the Iron Range, yet he had connections to Morris that drew him to the community, including an uncle who owned a dental clinic in Morris until retiring.
Jason attended the University of Minnesota, Morris, graduating with degrees in History, Political Science, and Social Science. While at UMM, Jason spent a semester in Chelyabinsk, Russia, teaching English and traveled to New Zealand and Australia. He graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2005. While at UND, Jason attended classes in Oslo, Norway, through an exchange program between UND and the University of Oslo. Jason was also named to the Order of the Coif while at UND, a distinction awarded to law students who graduate in the top of their class.
Jason and his wife Lynnae, also an attorney at the firm, live in Morris. They have one child, Oscar, and one “furkid” a Cairn Terrier named Lex (Latin for “law”). Though not from the area originally, Jason knows Morris well as the former editor of the Morris Sun Tribune newspaper. Jason has also been active in local theatre and is a member of Faith Lutheran Church.
Jeanne Ennen, Stevens County Commissioners Liaison
Jeanne is honored to be a member of the SCHS board. She has always had an interest in history. Jeanne is a lifelong resident of Stevens County. Her children are the sixth generation of her family to live on their farm. Jeanne has deep roots in Stevens County.