By Kelsie Hoitomt
GLENWOOD CITY – After 17 years on the St. Croix County Health and Human Services Board, Glenwood City’s own Leon Berenschot has retired.
Leon formally retired last week and he was recognized along with a few other county members on September 2.
Leon was appointed to the Board in 1996 by LaVerne Burke. He was a Supervisor at the time and then became a citizen on the Health and Human Services Board in 2004.
In his 17 years, Leon has helped make decisions that kept the nursing home’s doors open in New Richmond and helped to make it profitable.
The nursing home today has around 50 residents and is a five-star facility. That will remain open, however the rest of the building is to be demolished.
In more recent years, Leon was a part of the Board that made the decision to move the Department out of its facility north of town and into its current location at a former grocery store across from Walmart on the south side of New Richmond.
This facility now houses the Aging and Disability Resource Center, Behavioral Health, Children Services, Economic Support, Public Heath and Veterans Services.
Leon was also a part of several regional and state committees including time spent as president of the state wide extension and vice president of the state wide resource conservation.
Leon has many memories and stories of his years spent on the Board and in those committees, but one fond memory is of his three trips to Washington, D.C.