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Becker County honored employee John Okeson for his 40 years of service. He got his first job as a maintenance worker with the Becker County Highway department.

Forty years, still going strong

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As a young boy growing up on a large farm in the Detroit Lakes area, John Okeson received an early education in such things as weed spraying and operating big machinery.


It was that early experience that he credits with getting him his first job, as a maintenance worker for the Becker County Highway Department.

"My first summer here, I did a lot of weed spraying," he says.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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