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Business notebook: Two mark 40-year anniversaries with the city of Red Wing

Laurie Hoernemann and Mary Anway recently marked 40-year employment anniversaries with the city of Red Wing.

With a new secretarial/clerical degree from Red Wing Technical College in hand, Hoernemann landed her first job with the city in 1977 — as a water clerk and worked billing utilities. "It was a good job with a good wage at the time, $3.13 per hour, paid monthly!" Hoernemann recalled with a laugh. In the early part of her career, she handled the parking meter money and getting a police escort to the bank to make the daily deposits. With something of a flourish, she will happily show you the antiquated 8-inch floppy disks she has from the 1980s, when she used them to back up data.

Her career changed with the times. Hoernemann progressed to become a data systems operator and then an employee services technician, where she still manages payroll for the city today, amongst many other duties.

"I feel very fortunate," Hoernemann said. "I get to work with good people and I have good benefits. I figure I might as well go for 50!"

Anway knew in high school that she wanted a career in science, something unusual for females in the 1970s. She became the first woman to graduate from 916 Vocational School with a degree in air and water analysis. She landed a job six months after graduation with the city as a field and lab technician, analyzing drinking and wastewater treatment samples from several locations throughout the city.

Anway now works as the city chemist, predominantly in the lab at the wastewater treatment plant. She manages quality control and paperwork for the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency certification programs, coordinating the biosolids and pretreatment programs.

While she was in college, she and her mother went to a palm reader on a lark, Anway recalled. The reader predicted Anway would live by water, something she scoffed but upon reflection has grown to think otherwise.

"I may not have had a house on the water, but I've certainly made my living and subsequently, my life by water," Anway said with a laugh.


Eichten joins MSC Southeast

Coming to Minnesota State College Southeast with 24 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Jonathan Eichten has been named the college's associate dean of enrollment and student services. He will lead the frontline college staff who provide direct support services to students, including academic advising, financial aid, registration and more.

"I am excited about the unique programs at MSC Southeast, both the historic technical programs and the college's newest degree offerings in the liberal arts," Eichten said. "I will listen to our students, and want to hear how we can improve their time at the college. Their education should be a life-changing experience."

He comes to MSC Southeast from St. Cloud Technical and Community College, where he was vice president of student affairs. He holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Minnesota. His undergraduate work was at St. John's University.

"As a native of southern Minnesota, the region is near and dear to my heart. I love the bluff country and the land along the Mississippi River, so the opportunity to live in this part of the state is wonderful," he said.