Board Members

Harlan Helgeson – President

Harlan Helgeson and his wife Barb live in the rural Northwood Kensett area. They have 3 grown children along with 5 grandchildren with another due in March.

Harlan is employed at D & L Equipment in Kensett. He graduated from Northwood-Kensett High School and North Iowa Area Community College with a degree in Applied Science.

Harlan currently serves on the Worth County Soil and Water Conservation District as Commissioner, the Worth County Fair Board, the North & South Shellrock Cemetery Board, and is a Brookfield Trustee.

Becky Martinson – Vice President

Becky Martinson lives in Joice, along with her husband Dan.  She has 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. Becky is retired from Farm Service Agency in Albert Lea.

Becky is the past treasurer of Bethany Lutheran Church in Joice, where she served on church council and is currently on Parish Council for the 5 churches of One in Christ Lutheran Church Parish.  She is also active on the Lake Mills Historical Society and Lake Mills Area Garden Club. Becky spends her spare time working on her gardens at home, the city park, and at the 1901 Victorian House in Lake Mills.

Michelle Hill – Secretary

Michelle Hill resides on a farm near the city of Manly.  She and her husband Andy have two children. Michelle is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who works for Area Education Agency 267.  Michelle is a lifelong resident of Worth County growing up on a farm near Grafton.

In addition to serving on the WCDA board, she is the vice president of Entre Nous circle and the Education Committee Chairperson at Bethel United Methodist Church and a board member of the North Iowa Figure Skating Club.  Michelle enjoys fishing, reading and spending time with her family in her free time.

Steve Arnold – Treasurer

Steve and his wife Kathy reside in rural Worth County. They have 2 grown children along with grandkids.  Steve is a lifelong resident of Worth County and is actively engaged in farming. Steve served for many years volunteering as a Worth County Trustee before serving on the WCDA Board.

Violet Walk

Who says “you can’t go home again”? After many years in various places, mainly Minneapolis and Duluth, the Walk family returned in 1984 to the Worth County family farm. Thomas and Violet had two sons, Michael and Scott, who live and work nearby. While finishing a degree in Accounting at the University of Wisconsin (Superior campus), she was employed by a CPA firm in Duluth. After moving back to Iowa, her 20 year career in banking started in Grafton. 

Now retired, Violet enjoys reading (mysteries and historical fiction), quilting, flower gardening, traveling and family history. For a number of years she has been researching Civil War veterans having lived in Worth County either before or after that conflict. One of Violet’s lifelong dreams was to visit the land of her ancestors. Thanks to a distant cousin in North Dakota, this was accomplished in 2000 and 2005 when they traveled to Norway.

In recent years Violet joined the congregation of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she has been a member of the Pastoral Call Committee, the 2014 Pictorial Directory Committee and, currently, the Endowment Committee. Beginning shortly, Violet will be representing Grafton and Union Township on the Worth County Beautification Board……looking forward to this new experience.

Sara Innes

Sara Lou Innes was born in Worth County.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis with a degree in home economics.   Sara is retired from Whirlpool Corp and now resides in Fertile, Iowa.    Sara is a member of the WCBC board and is a member of the Fertile Garden Club and the Manly Bethel Methodist Church. She serves on the committee to upkeep the Log House in Hanlontown, Iowa which her family donated to that town.

Pam Meyer

Pam and her husband reside in rural Worth County where they have raised their family and are actively engaged in farming. Pam is retired from working at NSB Bank and is now enjoying her grandchildren.

Over the years, Pam has volunteered on several organizations and in her spare time enjoys traveling.

Dean Hendrikson

Even though he was born and raised in Worth County, Dean has traveled some. He has lived in several other states, as well as other countries. However, he seems to always find his way back here to North Iowa (must be the best place on earth). Dean is presently an Electrical Systems Designer for Winnebago Industries.

Kim Hengesteg

Kim Hengesteg has lived around Northwood for 30 years. She is married to Randy Hengesteg and they have two children. Kim has worked for NSB Bank for 20 years and is a current board member for I35/105 Welcome Center. Kim graduated from MN State Mankato with a degree in Business Administration. She believes that Worth County is a great place to raise a family.

Philip Hackbart

Philip Hackbart grew up on a farm south of Grafton and has lived in Worth County all his life. He graduated from St. Ansgar High School then attended NIACC where he earned his Associated Arts degree. From there he entered the US Army serving 14 months in Viet Nam as a combat infantryman.

He and his wife, Gloria, have lived in the rural Grafton Kensett area for many years. They have three grown children who fortunately still live in Iowa. He is a retired Professional Swine Farm Technician having worked with hogs for 47 years.

He has been a Worth County Veterans Affairs Commissioner for the past 20 years. He is an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grafton participating in choir and serving on various boards, committees, and where ever needed. He oversees the Grafton Cemetery, is Commander of the Grafton Legion Post 616, and serves on various local government boards.