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A Touch of Class

By Staff | Jan 11, 2010

Nadine Wickersham-Krull

A born teacher, Nadine Wickersham-Krull has always added a ‘touch of class’ to any project she has pursued.

Recognizing this, the Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce has selected her to receive their prestigious Community Service Award at their 69th Annual Awards Banquet and Meeting on Monday, Jan. 18 at Hamilton Hall.

Wickersham-Krull has been named this year’s recipient of the honor because of her unselfish commitment to the city and surrounding Faribault County communities.

A vital member of the community and a concerned citizen, Wickersham-Krull has always been involved in various activities promoting the growth and future of Blue Earth.

Among the programs who have benefited from her involvement include: United Hospital District Auxiliary, Extension member, Chamber of Commerce volunteer, Interfaith Caregivers, St. Luke’s Auxiliary, St. Luke’s Gift Shop volunteer, member of Community Education Advisory Board, election judge, past Red Cross volunteer, Legion Auxiliary and RSVP Readers Theatre. Until it was disbanded in 2004, she was a member of the Blue Earth Home Economics Club.

She is a past president of Delta Kappa Gamma (an organization for retired teachers) and also a past co-president of Trinity Lutheran Church Women (TLCW) of Blue Earth and former board member of the SE MN Synod Church Women organization.

The Community Service Award is not the first recognition Wickersham-Krull has received. In 2005, she was honored by the Mitchell Chautauqua Circle as Blue Earth’s Woman of Achievement.

Born in George, Iowa to farmers William and Louise Kruse, she is the youngest in a family that consisted of two girls and three boys.

Her mother was a church organist and her father sang. Their musical abilities were passed on to their daughter, Nadine. These skills were instrumental in her participation in various high school music programs. She even was a member of the Iowa All-State Choir during her senior year at George High School. Later, she participated in choir as a college student. In more recent years, she frequently sang solos and duets at various functions. Currently, she is a member of the Trinity Lutheran Bell Choir.

After graduating from George High School, Wickersham-Krull studied two years at Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa. She then transferred to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Nadine had her first taste of teaching in Sioux City, Iowa. For five years she taught there. While in Sioux City, she met her first husband, Bill Wickersham, who was attending school in Nebraska at the time. Earning his degree in 1957, the couple was married in 1958 and eventually would have two children born to them…Deb and Mark.

To read more of this story, see this week’s Register.