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Senior profile Q & A: Susan Voss

Susan Voss

‰ Age: 64.

‰ City: Rural Brainerd.

‰ What’re you doing at the Brainerd Public Library on this day in late-Augus?: “My husband Richard and I are here with our granddaughter, Shaelie Shanks, she’s 4.

“I’m an avid reader and so is my granddaughter. My children are avid readers. We take care of our granddaughter twice a week and we bring her to the library once a month to get a resupply of books. Today I have 15 books picked out.”

‰ Favorite author: “Nora Roberts and my other favorite is Karen Kingsbury.”

‰ Favorite book: “High Noon” by Nora Roberts.

‰ Shaelie’s favorite book: “She enjoys anything with ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Curious George’ and she likes ‘Martha the Talking Dog.’”

‰ What was your career?: “I was a human resource director for 20-plus years and then I was a finance manager at LSS (Lutheran Social Services) for five years. I retired in 2008.”

‰ Pets: “I have two terriers. I train my own dogs for obedience training. My terrier Katie just turned 6 and she won the Companion Dog Excellence award and many other ribbons and titles. I compete mainly in Minnesota and I belong to the Brainerd Kennel Club.”

‰ Name two characteristics people would say about you: “That I’m strong willed and outgoing.”

‰ Favorite dish to make: “Spaghetti sauce from scratch, that is what my family loves.”

‰ Your faith: “My spiritual life is a big part of my life. I love volunteering and I volunteer with the Lakes Area Interfaith Caregiver in Pequot Lakes.”

‰ Family: Two children; two stepdaughters; and one grandchild.

— By Jennifer Stockinger, 

Staff Writer 

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.