Arnie and Carol Rethemeier were recently honored at the 2017 NDSU Harvest Bowl as the Outstanding Agriculturist from Otter Tail County. Arnie received both his bachelor and masters degrees from NDSU and spent thirty-five years teaching vocational agriculture with the Perham Public Schools. Arnie's teaching program the FFA organization were recognized on the state and national levels for excellence. In the years before his retirement Arnie received the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Award in 2003, the University of Minnesota Impact Award for distinguished teaching in 2004, was awarded the Outstanding Minnesota Middle/Secondary Ag Ed Program in 2003-2004, was the Minnesota Ag-Ed Teacher of the Year 2004-2005, and the 2006 Minnesota Career and Technical Teacher of the year. After Arnie retired from teaching, he spent almost ten years working with the East Otter Tail County Soil and Water District.
Carol, also an NDSU graduate, was honored for her work with the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program. Carol teaches gardening classes, runs the local Jr. Master Gardener program, judges at the county fairs, and was a member of the state MG advisory board. Carol taught with the Detroit Lake Public Schools for many years.