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Mark Marthaler stands surrounded by the trucks and plows at the Becker County Highway Department maintenance shop, where he has spent the past 31 years working to keep the county's fleet of highway equipment in tip-top shape. He plans to retire from his position as head mechanic on Feb. 28. Vicki Gerdes/Tribune

'Mr. Sunshine' set to retire

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He may not be known for his sunny disposition -- his nickname of 'Mr. Sunshine' is an affectionate tribute to his gruff, man-of-few-words persona -- but Mark Marthaler has nothing but good things to say about his colleagues at the Becker County Highway Department, where he has worked as a mechanic for the past 31 years.


"I'll miss the guys here," says Marthaler, who will be retiring as head mechanic on Feb. 28.

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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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