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Annandale | Buffalo | Cokato | Darwin | Dassel | Delano | Glencoe | Howard Lake | Hutchinson | Kimball | Lester Prairie Litch eld | Loretto | Maple Lake | Maple Plain | Mayer | Montrose | Mound | New Germany | Norwood Young America Rockford | Silver Lake | South Haven | St. Bonifacius | Waconia | Watertown | Waverly | Winsted Senior Con n e c t ion s is distributed to: May/June 2021 VOLUME 3 | NO. 3 Senior Con n e ct ion s HJ.COM GRAB ONE - FREE! KATE HEMINGWAY News Assistant “I’ve done a lot of things,” Mary Wetter said as she looked over a list of her community and public service from her lifetime. “But I don’t like to brag.” The long list was put together for her campaign for Wright County Commissioner in 2020. Her bid for the position was clearly a success, and she has been working from the Wright County Government Center since January. She serves District 4, which represents the cities of Albertville, Hanover (precincts 2 and 3), Rockford, St. Michael (precinct 1A), and Rockford Township. Wetter’s long list of community and public service spans decades and has led her to where she is now. Getting settled Wetter was born in North Minneapolis. As she was nishing up her degree in medical technology from the University of Minnesota, she knew she did not want to stay in the Twin Cities. While talking with a neighbor at her brother’s cabin in South Haven, she heard all about his recent stay at the Buffalo Hospital for a heart attack. He ex- pressed how wonderful the people there were. Wet- ter sent in an application soon after, got the job, and moved to Buffalo. She ran the lab at Buffalo Hospital for several years. A nurse introduced her to the man who would lat- er become her husband, Leander, a dairy and crop farmer outside of Hanover. They have now been mar- ried for 46 years with three adult children. She eventually quit the hospital to help on the farm with the cows and raise their children. Getting started As her children grew older, she became heavily involved with leading 4-H and was well-known in the local community. While attending a party at the Hanover City Hall, then county commissioner Jack Russek approached her about joining the coun- ty extension committee. With approval from her husband, she served on the extension committee for six years, including three years as chair. After nishing her time on the extension committee, Wetter felt that something was miss- ing. She saw an ad in the paper about running for the county Soil and Wa- ter Conservation District. SWCD is a local unit of government that directs natural resource man- agement programs at the local level. She decided to run, almost on a whim. “And oh boy, if I didn’t win, she said.” Wetter became a member of the legislative and - nance committees for the SWCD. She spent many days going door to door at the capitol talking with legislators. On one bus ride back from the capitol, she was asked to run for secretary for her district. After only two years as secretary, she suddenly found herself as the state director of the SWCD when the director was elected to the legislature and the vice-chair was not re-elected. Being suddenly thrust into such a leadership position was overwhelming, s o she stepped down after a few years, only to be pulle d back into the position later. Sharing the engines of history Wetter’s community involvement does not end there. Her husband was the president of the Minne- sota Historical Society, and their family has invest- ed time and money into the preservation of history. They own several antique tractors that are often used Wright County Commissioner Mary Wetter in her o ce at the Wright County Government Center in Bu alo. PHOTO BY KATE HEMINGWAY A life of public ser vice leads to the Wright Count y commissioner’s of ce More WETTER on Pg 2

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