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by Karin L. Nauber
Florence Rickbeil, who will be celebrating her 88th birthday in March, began working at the Browerville Area Foodshelf when most people her age are thinking about retiring.
“I was 67 years old,” she said.
That was in the fall of 1998.
She had worked for the Browerville School District for 33 and a half years as their general bookkeeper and payroll specialist.
When she retired from there, she babysat for the next five years.
When she was asked to work as the executive director/treasurer for the foodshelf, she thought about it for a bit and then accepted the position.
“I had to do something,” she said.
The foodshelf, which serves clients in Browerville, Clarissa and Eagle Bend, was located in the basement of the city hall when she started.
“This was challenging for some of the clients,” said Sev Blenkush, who has served on the foodshelf board for many years. . . .