I was born and raised in Chicago - a real city girl. As a young adult, I moved to Waterloo to work for the Sun Oil Company where I met and married my husband, Jim. After having two children we moved to Dunkerton, Iowa where I worked for the Dunkerton school district and served on the City Council for many years. Once Jim turned me into a country girl I began to enjoy camping and fishing on the sand bars near Lansing. We upgraded from a tent to a houseboat, spending all of our free time on the river and in 2000 moved to Lansing permanently. When the Friends of Pool 9 was organized I knew I wanted to be a part of a group that would help maintain the river and educate the youth. I wanted to preserve and share the good life my family enjoyed on the river with others in the future.
Board Secretary / Treasurer
My ancestors settled in Crawford County, Wisconsin in the 170’s near what is known as Pool 9 today. I grew up in the Norwegian community of Stoughton, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I spent 18 years in law enforcement and owned and operated an insurance agency for 23 years. My wife Sherry and I retired and moved to Ferryville, Wisconsin in 2004 and are involved in many volunteer activities. I serve as Village Clerk-Treasurer and represent Ferryville on the FOP9 Board as Board Secretary.
I grew up in Lansing so have been a lifelong resident of northeast Iowa and now reside in Waukon, Iowa. I enjoy boating on the father of waters, "The Mississippi River" and proudly support projects that benefit and enhance the river. For the past 10 years I’ve been an active member of the Lansing Marina Board and currently serve on the Friends of Pool 9 Board of Directors and The Allamakee County Community Foundation Board. For enjoyment, I support my favorite team, Go Pack!
I grew up in Lansing, Iowa as a commercial fisherman’s son; and was an avid hunter, trapper, and fisherman as a young man. In 1962 I married Phyllis Beck, also a Lansing native, and from a fishing family. In 1963 I graduated from the University of Wisconsin (La Crosse) with a teaching degree. I taught high school science/math in La Crosse and Waverly, Iowa for 38 years, promoting the environment in many ways. We have three sons (Todd, Paul, and Jason) and seven grandchildren. Phyl worked 19 years as an Administrative Assistant at Lutheran Mutual Life Insurance and CUNA Mutual in Waverly. We both retired in May, 2002 and moved to our present river side home in Lansing that same year.
During the US Fish and Wildlife Service Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) town meetings in 2004 my interest for the Mississippi River was heightened. The passion created during the CCP process helped build community interest and a local group of volunteers. We coordinated a beach renovation project in 2006 with USF&WS, Iowa and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Also in 2006, Friends of Pool 9, Upper Miss Refuge, Incorporated, was formed. I have been a member of the Board of Directors and President of FOP9 since that time. My primary goal is to create an awareness and appreciation of the Mississippi River, and to work with government agencies and area citizens to become better stewards of the resource. To that end we (FOP9) have sponsored annual river clean ups and created numerous river activities to educate children to the excitement and beauty of the riverine community. I’m proud to be a member of Friends of Pool 9.
I was raised in Cedar Falls, IA, growing up we always came up on the weekend to "the river" , my Grandparents had a place here that was followed by my parents. I always enjoyed fishing and hunting in the area. I moved here in 2006, my father was on the Friends of Pool 9 Board of Directors, I got involved through him, and started doing their website and media accounts, until my father retired from the board and I was voted on. I am proud to be associated with such a great group that does so much to teach adults and children what a incredible resource we have in the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge.