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Maydean Petersen receives Youth Education Award
By Communications Director

ST. PAUL (November 17, 2012) Maydean Petersen of Willmar received the Youth Education Award from Minnesota Farmers Union at their 71st annual state convention. 

“Maydean has been serving the youth that attend our education camps at Sibley State Park for twenty-five years, which is an incredibly impressive undertaking,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President.  “Minnesota Farmers Union appreciates the dedication and great care she has given the Farmers Union youth by preparing healthy and nutritious meals and are thrilled to honor her with our Youth Education Award.”

Maydean Petersen began cooking for Minnesota Farmers Union camp at Sibley State Park in 1997. She is the oldest of fifteen children and so she started cooking and canning at age seven, in order to help her mother with the family.

She worked for Willmar Poultry for seven years, managed 4-H Food Stand at the Kandiyohi County Fair for 24 years, and at Ridgewater College since 1992, and now works for Taher Foods where she cooks, is a cashier and does cake decorating. Maydean is very active in her church, St. John’s Lutheran in Raymond. She is the President of Lakeland Conference.

Pie baking is one of Maydean’s favorite things to do, including teaching young 4-H children, as well as adults, to bake pies. She also enjoys cooking, canning, gardening and crafts, crocheting, and quilting. 

Maydean is married to Calvin Petersen, and they live in Willmar. They have three grown children: Dwight (Debbra), Mark (Amanda) & VaLoris (Tony Anderson), and seven grandchildren.

MFU Pres Peterson & Maydean Petersen