LaVern Fritz, Hall of Fame member representing the Minnesota City area, is a “behind the scenes” person when it comes to community involvement.
“Although LaVern has been in leadership positions he is much more comfortable in the background doing all the many tasks that need to be completed to make an organization or event successful,” said his Hall of Fame nominator, Susan Althoff. “You can always count on him to get it done, or do the tasks take no one else wants to do … and be there for clean-up.”
LaVern and his wife Judith (now deceased) raised five children — Chris (Cherie) Fritz, Kim Clidas, Jan (Mitch) Hale, Lyn Pletta and Scott (Lisa) Fritz. The Fritz family also includes 10 grandchildren.
Over the years Fritz worked for Madison Silo (24 years), Altura Turkey Plant (three years) and Lawrence Transportation (10 years). Fritz also purchased a farm in the Minnesota City area, where he continues to live and work on the farm. When asked why he lives in Winona County, Fritz states he was “born and raised here.”
At his church, Redeemer Lutheran in Winona, Fritz served as president of the church council for many years, along with numerous other committees. He also worked with the Land Stewardship Garden that Redeemer maintains with Women’s Resource Center, Winona Master Gardeners and Restorative Justice Program. Yearly he has opened his farm to the Redeemer Pre-School and church congregation for a Family Day on the Farm. It is a highlight of the school year for the preschool children.
Other activities in the community have included Minnesota City Fire Department, member of the Winona County Old Settlers, the board of directors for the Garvin Brook Disaster Relief Fund and he currently serves as a Rollingstone Township Election judge. Fritz was also involved with the Minnesota National Guard for 39 years.