County selects its new veteran service officer

Allison Lister has been named Anoka County’s new veterans service office director.

by Peter Bodley
Managing editor

Allison Lister has been named Anoka County’s new veterans service office director.

Lister will replace Duane Krueger, who retired today (Friday, April 2) after more than 36 years with the county’s veterans service office, including 28 years as its director.

Appointed to the position by the Anoka County Board on the recommendation of Anoka County Board Chairman Dennis Berg, a Vietnam veteran, and Steve Novak, division manager for governmental services, Lister is a retired military veteran, who served in various positions for 21 years with the United States Air Force, retiring as an E8 (senior master sergeant) in October 2007.

Since then, she worked for Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) in Brainerd until May 2008 as a mechanical foreman, where she was in charge of some 20 employees who were assigned to several different unions and performed work that comprised rebuilding heavy equipment and track maintenance, according to Novak.

She is currently a state of Minnesota workforce development representative helping clients with issues relating to employment, unemployment benefits and other needs, Novak said.

Lister received a bachelor’s degree in management and psychology from the College of St. Scholastica, an associate in arts degree from Central Lakes College as well as an associate in science degree in the field of technology instruction and an associate degree of applied science for aircraft maintenance, both from the Community College of the Air Force.

Lister really stood out in the selection process, according to Berg.

“She comes with high qualifications,” he said. “She has big shoes to fill, but she is up to the challenge.”

The Anoka County Veterans Service Office works with veterans in the areas of education benefits, disabled veterans benefits, home loan guarantee, in time of death, health benefits, financial assistance and other services such as obtaining military awards and records, outreach to incarcerated veterans, veterans groups liaison, burial flags, government life insurance and discharge review.

In 2009, the office provided assistance to 5,855 veterans, a record high for the third straight year. Of those, some 1,962 were new clients.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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