Bonnie Mohr Inducted to Hall of Fame


Six to be inducted into Dist. 88 Hall of Fame


NEW ULM — The ISD 88 Foundation has announced the 2017 additions to the ISD 88 Hall of Fame, including our own Bonnie Mohr.

Bonnie Mohr Hall of Fame 

They will be inducted during the ISD 88 Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday, Sept. 30. Social hour and tours start at 4:30 p.m. and the dinner and program begin at 6 p.m. at the high school. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at HyVee, Cashwise and the Chamber of Commerce before the Sept. 24 deadline.

The inductees are: Helene Fesenmaier (’55), Paula Johnson (’72), Bonnie Mohr (’80), Faith Reinhart (’65), Graeme Phelps “Flip” Schulke (’49) and Jim Zetah who was a staff member in 1969-99.

Fesenmaier, now deceased, was active in music and the arts in high school, according to the foundation’s website. She went on to graduate from Smith College and Yale University School of Art and Architecture.

She became an abstract painter recognized around the globe, according to the website. Locally her sculpture “Playback” stood for years in the lobby of the New Ulm Public Library.

Johnson was recognized for her academics and music at New Ulm. She went on to graduate with an English degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and later earned a master’s in anthropology and folklore from the University of Texas, Austin.

She has been the curator in the Division of Work and Industry at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History for the past 18 years. There Johnson is responsible for the food technology and marine resources collections, according to the foundation’s website.

Mohr was active in 4-H and Future Farmers of America before going on to the University of Minnesota, Waseca to earn degrees in agriculture production and communication, according to the website.

In 1988 she returned to dairy farming and took up painting. She has since become a nationally recognized artist of Rural American Art, most famous for her cow paintings.

Reinhart, now deceased, was involved in music, debate and the school newspaper. She later earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in vocational rehabilitation counseling.

Reinhart became quadriplegic during the polio epidemic. She spent her life fighting for the rights of disabled people through her work at the Disability Resource Center and the University of Reno, New Mexico’s State Board of Transportation and as the director of the State Clients Assistant Project.

Schulke, now deceased, was an active athlete and artist in high school. He got his first camera at age 15. He served in the Korean War and received a journalism degree from Macalester College, according to the website.

Over a 50-year career, Schulke pioneered underwater photography, worked to document the Civil Rights Movement and collected more that 500,000 photographs.

Zetah, now deceased, spent 30 years in New Ulm as a high school teacher, coach and counselor, earning a Minnesota High School Counselor of the Year, according to the website.

He advocated for providing students with a stable personal life as a venue for academic success. He was active in many organizations including the Brown County Child Protection Team, the American Cancer Society, the Crisis Support Team and was a creator of New Ulm’s Life Living Series.






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