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Chair – Tracy Busswitz, Co-Chair – Matt Pojanowski, Sec – Konnie Guetschaff, Treasurer – Mike Kohlnhofer
Board Members: Steve Picht, Cindy Gillette, Greg McDonald, Greg Caron, Dan Struxness, Jeff Widmer and Carl McCollum
Meet some of our alumni board members:
Tracy Busswitz – Board Chair
I am a 1985 high school graduate from Slayton, MN and participated in high school rodeo from 1982-1983 in bull riding. I finished 10th in the state in 1983, not a champion, but still very proud to have had the honor to be involved. After high school I rode with the Camp Lejeune U. S. Marine Corp Rodeo Team. My last bull ride was in Isanti, MN in July of 1993, where I separated my shoulder and ended my bull riding days.
I live in Rosemount, MN with my lovely wife Rhonda and our two daughters Coty, 16, and Amanda, 15. I love the sport of rodeo. I enjoy helping our contestants and am always available to offer any advice or answer questions. I am proud to say I am a judge for the High School Rodeo.
It gives me great pride to be a part of the Alumni Foundation. We are always looking for new ideas to help our young contestants with anything they might need. So the next time you see an Alumni, make sure to introduce yourself and say hello. It is the work of many dedicated and selfless hours that are put forth by the Alumni members with the goal to keep the sport of rodeo and our western heritage alive.
Carl McCollum – Board Member
I am a 1978 graduate of Bagley High School and was a MNHSRA contestant 1977 and 78. I tried to ride bareback horses and team rope but settled for bull riding, which produced a trip to the NHSRA Finals in Huron, SD as the 1978 Minnesota State Bull Riding Champion. An honor and experience I will remember all my life. I was elected as a Region 1 Director in 1979-81 and again in 1985-87. I have been involved in all aspects of rodeo, from promoting and scheduling HS Region 1 Rodeos and rough stock event clinics, to working and/or competing at rodeos in Minnesota, Iowa, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.
At present I am enjoying the blessings in my life, my wife Deborah our two daughters Katie and Maggie, our son Shadd and two wonderful grandchildren Kyra and Kasson (with one more on the way). Although we live in Mankato where I am a mechanical estimator and project manager, we still have deep roots in the Bagley area, keeping our ranch where we raised beef cattle for years, as well as our family and many great friends. When not working I enjoy being with family and friends, woodworking and bbqing.
As I look back, High School Rodeo has been and is a huge part of my life, the competition, the standards, the opportunities and the life long friendships all have and will continue to be a life lesson not forgotten. Even though for several years I remained out of the “loop”. When given the opportunity to get involved with the Alumni Foundation five years ago I had no idea the impact it would have, the renewing of old and meeting new friends all sharing the common love of Rodeo and our Western Heritage. Through the Alumni Foundation I am thankful for being a part of preserving the past, involved with the present and securing the future of our western heritage and the great sport of HS Rodeo.