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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Munson Township officials retire after a combined 70 years

  • Two Munson Township elected officials are retiring after serving a combined 70 years on the township board.
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  • Two Munson Township elected officials are retiring after serving a combined 70 years on the township board.
    Alan Yager, township supervisor, has served as supervisor or trustee of Munson Township for the past 50 years.
    Trustee Fred Magerkurth served on the township board for the past 20 years.
    The men were surprised with cake and refreshments following the April 16 Munson Township meeting.
    "I've been going to these meetings for over 50 years, and it's been a pleasure," said Yager. "The guys I've worked with have been wonderful, and everything we've done has been as a team."
    "We've been lucky because there haven't been any big problems (over the years)," said Magerkurth. "When you've got a good road commissioner to take care of things, you've got it made."
    Munson Township is south of Geneseo. The current Munson Township Hall is located in the former one-room Munson School on Route 82.
    Yager, a lifelong Munson Township resident, attended the school when he was a child.
    Magerkurth said he's been a resident of the township since 1965.
    Both men were initially appointed to the township board before being elected to subsequent terms.
    "It was about a little thing called civic duty," explained Yager.
    Although, as the men joked, "the better the weather, the shorter the meetings."
    "During corn planting season, our meetings don't last too long at all," said Magerkurth.
    Over the past several decades of township service, Yager and Magerkurth said there have seen changes in township government.
    "There are more state regulations, and there are always more coming down the road," said Magerkurth.
    Yager said the amount of money townships deal with also has changed.
    "There's more money coming in (through taxes), but expenses are much higher as well," he said.
    Both said they've enjoyed their time on the Munson Township board.
    "It's been a pleasure. I've been honored to have everyone support me and elect me over the years ... and it's been a lot of elections," said Yager.
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