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Jan Nelson to speak at retired educators meeting

Jan Nelson will speak at the Vikingland Area Retired Educators Association luncheon on Wednesday, May 9 at noon at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria.

Nelson is a retired educator who spent his 30-year teaching career working with students at Garfield Elementary School. Prior to being a teacher, he worked as a theater manager, highway surveyor's assistant, truck driver, newspaper reporter and cartoonist.

Nelson did cartoon for several area newspapers, illustrated books and advertising brochures and produced coloring books for law enforcement agencies. However, his greatest joy came when using cartoons as an educational tool. Cartooning continues to be a hobby for Nelson in his retirement.

Charles Hellie, executive director of the Retired Educators Association of Minnesota, will give a legislative update regarding educators' public pensions.

All persons in the area who have been involved with education as teachers, administrators or support staff are invited. Call Dee at (320) 763-7322 by May 3 to register.