Jim Tarasenko spent almost three decades as an agronomy research specialist here in Minot.
In recent weeks he’s also been busy reporting snowfall accumulations to KX.
After all these years, he’s packing up his boots and heading straight for sunshine.
Jim Tarasenko/Research Specialist, NDSU North Central Extension Center) “If you add up when I started here, it’s been over 27 years and today is my last day.”
(Becky Farr/KX News) Almost 30 years ago Jim Tarasenko started his work at the NDSU North Central Research Extension Center.
This last stretch of winter weather before his retirement most definitely kept him busy.
(Tarasenko) “That’s shows about 19 inches there,”
Tarasenko records and reports all precipitation to the National Weather Service.
(Tarasenko) “… and that’s about 21.”
But that’s just one duty that he leaves behind.
(Tarasenko) After I retire today, my replacement is going to be Joe Effertz he’s from Velva, North Dakota. He’s going to be taking my spot.” Effertz: “I got big shoes to fill here, I hope I can do as good a job as him.”
Tarasenko also experiments seed varieties to find what works best in western North Dakota.
Soon, the now former research specialist will be among a much different climate.
(Tarasenko) “Well, we bought a house in Pheonix, Arizona four years ago and that’s where we’re moving to. My wife’s been there for seven weeks. It was 76 degrees there yesterday and it’s 70 degrees there today, and … I can’t wait.”
While he can’t wait for warm weather, there is one thing this man will surely miss.
(Tarasenko) “Well, I used to farm on our family farm before I came to work at the research center. Working at the research center I still go to work with farming equipment but I never had to pay the bills. And I will miss farming. I will miss farming.”