Bruce Schwartau, who was inducted into the Dodge County Fair Hall of Fame on July 23, has a long history with the fair, starting in 1990 when he began his Extension career as the agricultural extension educator in Dodge County.
As the ag agent he worked a lot with 4-H but his history with that group goes back further.
"I joined 4-H at the age of eight, to the Featherstone Boosters 4-H Club in Featherstone Township in Goodhue County," he said. "I was in 4-H through my freshman year in college. I was a 4-H ambassador at the state level."
He served as the county ag agent from 1990 until 2004, when he was relocated into the Extension Regional Center in Rochester to concentrate on improving the economies of rural southeast Minnesota.
Since 2015, he has been the manager of the team of educators throughout the state that helps cities retain businesses and gives them information that is useful in making local economic decisions.
He also assisted communities like Owatonna, Faribault, Houston and Hastings in assessing their tourism assets. He served as the president of Business Retention and Expansion International, an organization of economic development professionals focused on supporting local business development in many countries. He has occasionally been invited to speak to the Kasson and Mantorville Chambers of Commerce about his work.
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