Steve and Margene Nygaard were all smiles at Steve's Retirement Party on Friday, January 11 at the Woodville Pioneer Building. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Steve and Margene Nygaard were all smiles at Steve's Retirement Party on Friday, January 11 at the Woodville Pioneer Building. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

WOODVILLE, WI – Steve Nygaard was honored by the Village of Woodville and many community well wishers as he retired after working 16 years in the Public Works Department. The retirement sendoff celebration for Nygaard took place last Friday afternoon, January 11, 2019 at the Pioneer Building as he enjoyed greeting a steady stream of public supporters.

In talking with the Woodville Leader, the friendly Steve Nygaard reported that he plans to do some traveling with his lovely wife Margene on a first-time 10-day trip to Alaska this summer.

“I think it should be a pretty good trip,” said the smiling Nygaard who was turning 65 on Saturday and commenting about his upcoming excursion north.

He noted that he has worked for four different Public Works Directors in his 16-year tenure with the Village of Woodville. “I always thought I was easy to get along with, but those directors kept leaving,” Nygaard said with a twinkle in his eye and a hearty laugh.

Nygaard was a dairy farmer before selling the herd and taking a position with Woodville Public Works responding to a newspaper Help Wanted ad that former Public Works Director Lenny Erickson had placed.

“I’ve always enjoyed coming to work, the people are great to work for and with,” said the retiring Nygaard with a smile. “I will miss the people, I was treated well here,” he concluded.

Director Knegendorf said this about Steve, “He’s a great hard workin’ guy. I’m sad to see him go. He has lots of knowledge. I kept telling him he couldn’t retire!” The Director continued, “He always made the workplace enjoyable.”

Margene Nygaard who plans to continue working in her job as a para-professional at Baldwin-Woodville that she has had for 27 years for another year or two. She was at the retirement celebration for her hubby on Friday and commented, “I think he is going to miss it and the people he works with and the community members he interacts with.”

The Nygaard’s have four grown children, three boys and a girl. Margene always worried about Steve when he was out snowplowing.

Woodville Village Clerk Jan Nelson said this about Steve Nygaard, “He was an excellent dedicated worker for the Village.”

In addition to travel, Steve Nygaard plans on doing some fishing and golfing in his retirement. Knowing how much he enjoys golfing, Village President Steve Gossel along with Public Works Director Brent Knegendorf presented a card with a gift card for use at Golf Galaxy to the retiree who was surprised and grateful.

“Thank you very much, I will put this to good use,” said Nygaard.

Best wishes for a wonderful retirement Steve Nygaard and thank you for your service to the Village of Woodville.