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Extension Educator Nathan Winter moving on to next dream job

Nathan Winter moved last week from his dream job to his next dream job.
Winter, who has been the Extension educator for McLeod and Meeker counties the past 111⁄2 years, is now a program leader — providing assistance and guidance to about 10 other Extension educators in the area.
Winter started as the Extension agent in McLeod and Meeker counties in January 2005.
“I told people when I accepted the position that it would be my dream job, and it really has been,” said Winter. “It was a great fit for my skill set, and I was able to do some good things for the McLeod-Meeker area.”
Winter was an intern for the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Cottonwood County while he was attending college. He hoped to land an Extension job after graduating, but there were no openings. He spent three years with Minnesota Crop Improvement, a job he also enjoyed, but when an opening for an Extension educator came up, he jumped at the chance.
Now, Winter said, he has a chance at “another kind of dream job. I’ll be helping 10 or 11 people with their dream jobs — my job is to try and help them be successful.”
Winter said he will technically be assigned to the St. Cloud Regional Extension Office, but will mostly be on the road visiting agents. And most of his office work can be done at home, a blessing as he and his wife are raising two small children.
While he’s looking forward to expanding his skills in the new job, Winter said he will definitely miss some aspects of being a local educator.
In particular, Winter said, he’ll miss one-on-one contact with many of the farmers and residents in McLeod and Meeker counties.
“I’ll miss that — being able to get out in front of people,” said Winter. “I’ve met so many people and made so many connections. I’ve found lifelong mentors, lifelong friends.

For more, see the July 13 print edition of The Chronicle.