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- Today is Carleton College President Robert Oden Jr.’s official last day as head of the school. Oden, who is retiring, has been president of the school since 2002. Oden says the long hours and wanting to spend time with family contributed to his decision to step down. Oden says he’ll continue to serve on several non-profit boards in retirement. He’ll also serve as president in residence at Harvard’s school of education for the fall term. And he hopes to keep up on his fly fishing. Oden counts raising nearly a half a billion in funds for the school among his proudest accomplishments. Steven Poskanzer takes over as Carleton’s 11th president on August 2, 2010.
- After nearly 24 years on the job, Rice County Public Health Director Mary Ho is retired as of today. Ho says she plans to do more volunteer work, take piano lessons and devote more time to learning Spanish. Ho says implementing the family planning program, which serves about 400 families each year is among her proudest achievements with Rice County Health.