By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE – The Village of Boyceville is saying goodbye to Doug Hellendrung as he is set to officially retire on May 20 after nearly 20 years of service.
To be exact, Doug shared that he is “three weeks shy of having 19 years in” with the Village, but he worked prior to that as a building inspector.
Once hired as a full time public works employee, Doug offered to have the Building Inspector title just rolled into his current position.
Even though he is retiring, Doug said that he is still volunteering to inspect buildings through the end of the year.
Over the years, Doug has spent his time working on the sewer and water systems in the Village mainly. Many hours and days have also been spent plowing snow. He also spent time mowing and repairing the streets to name a few duties.
Doug currently has the most years working with the village under his tool belt, but his shoes will be filled by the help of fellow full-timer Ron Anderson and Public Works Director Don Rose.
Previously, Doug spent time working at Hedlund Manufacturing building silos and then he left and went into the service. After coming back, he started back and worked on other farm equipment. All together he spent about 16 years there.
After that, Doug spent a few years driving semi, but after his first grandchild was born, he decided he wanted to be home more.
Doug has been a Boyceville native his entire life and he has never shied far from home. He and his wife Sherrie have raised three children of their own as well as several foster children. They now have been blessed with eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Doug is now looking forward to spending time in his shed working on crafts and his antique tractors, which he shows in the summer as well. He and Sherrie may do some traveling and spend time in their camper. As for now, Doug is keeping busy crossing items off of his honey-do list and attending ball games.
There will be a retirement party for Doug this Sunday, May 18 at the Boyceville Community Center from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join Doug for some coffee and cake.