Central Lakes College English instructor Fritz Bertelt is winding up a career in higher education that spans nearly four decades. The CLC icon was surprised by friends with a Fond Farewell in the office suite known as “Happy Valley.” On a phased retirement until this semester, Fritz says it is now time to move on and enjoy retirement. One of his favorite pastimes sure to keep him busy: Ham radio operation. The Bertelt Career: 1964-65 (1 year), Mt. Iron; 1965-68 (3 years) Brainerd High School; 1968-69 (1 year), Bemidji Sate University; 1969-74 (5 years), Worthington Community College; 1974-2007 (33 years), Central Lakes College = 43 years. And two additional post-retirement semesters of teaching in fall of 2008 and fall of 2009 — post-retirement — make 44 years.
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