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Women in Agriculture

Gert Schwinghammer (1918-2002) Gertrude (Gert) Schwinghammer was the first woman inducted into the Minnesota Livestock Hall of Fame. When she received the honor on March 20, 1984, Schwinghammer said she hoped, “This might pave the way for other farm women.” For more...

Women in Law Enforcement

Sybil Hollern (1910-1994) Sybil Hollern St. Cloud’s only female police officer for 28 years. She was employed by the St. Cloud Police Department from 1947 to 1975. A year after retirement from the police force, she became the first female and only senior citizen on...

Women in Medicine

Mary Stiles (1944 – ) Dr. Mary Stiles became the first female doctor on staff at the St. Cloud Hospital when she began a solo practice in Annandale, Minnesota, in 1975. Although she created a stir as the female doctor, she did not encounter a lot of negativity...

Women in Law

Janelle P. Kendall (1965-) Janelle P. Kendall became the first female Stearns County in 2003 when she defeated a 30-year male incumbent for the position. Overlooking downtown St. Cloud form her office on the fourth floor of the Administration Center, Kendall said,...

Women in Philanthropy

The Women’s Fund (2003-) The Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation is established to create and support programs that enhance the lives of all women and children, involving women as leaders and donors in the process. The Women’s Fund of the...

Women in the Military

Mary Knevel (1911-2008) Mary Knevel became a United States Navy nurse and a reserve-active duty ensign in 1943. Knevel had the opportunity to board American, British, and Russian vessels but spent the greater part of her enlistment caring for soldiers in the Great...