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.
Dave is a lifelong resident of Stevens County (except for one year working in Kansas) and is the son of Leonard and Violet Wulf. He and his wife, Nancy, have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. He graduated from Morris High School and earned an associate degree in Mobile Communications Technology from the Willmar Area Vocational Institute. He was employed on the family farm near Morris raising corn, soybeans and beef cattle. He is currently semi-retired and employed at Spring Valley Farms of Morris, MN. Dave has a strong interest in many different aspects of history, from a personal level to the functioning of world governments. Dave shares, “History is exciting to learn for the simple aspect of adventure…of how people lived, worked, raised families, clothing, transportation, communication, industrialization, entertainment, etc. and including how everything evolved through the ages of time.”
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.
Mary has lived in Morris for 22 years. She has retired after 30 years of teaching kindergarten in Williston and Fargo, ND as well as Cyrus and Morris, MN. She remembers fondly, “During my years teaching in Morris, I had the pleasure of bringing my students to the museum each Christmas season, where Randee Hokanson would present a lesson on toys of the past. We would also view the exhibits that were there at that time and enjoy the beautifully decorated Christmas tree.” She is married to Mark Huebner, who farms in the Donnelly area, and they have two college-aged children. She also has two step children and four grandchildren. In addition to serving on the ECFE board, Mary has served on church council, church call committee, and the Courage Cottage board.
Steve Van Kempen
Steve is proud to say that he was born and raised in Morris. He attended the University of Minnesota, Crookston before working for 36 years at the USDA ARS “Soils Lab” in Morris. He and his wife, Jill, were blessed with four children and now have six grandchildren. Steve is currently volunteering at the Senior Center delivering Meals-on-Wheels and helping in the kitchen, serving on the endowment and property committees of his church, and a member of the Morris Lions Club. In his free time, Steve shared that he “enjoys fishing, deer hunting (with a bow), going to the lake, and spending time with my family.”
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.