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College honors first president with tree planting ceremony

More than 50 Anoka Technical College faculty, staff and retirees attended a memorial tree planting in honor of Howard Rosenwinkel May 19. Rosenwinkel, who passed away in March, was the founding director of the Anoka Area Vocational Technical School, now known as Anoka Technical College. He was later named the college’s first president.

“You need teachers, a curriculum and students and you were in business,” Rosenwinkel noted in 2007. “It worked out because we found people willing, able and passionate about these concepts.”

Among those who honored Rosenwinkel at the tree planting event were current Anoka Tech president Kent Hanson, and Cheryl Kish, the executive director of the Anoka Technical College Foundation. Kish, who had been friends with Rosenwinkel for 27 years, spoke of Rosenwinkel’s legacy and service to the college.

“He was a real visionary for technical education and did so much for Anoka Tech,” said Kish.

Several of Rosenwinkel’s family members attended the event as well, including his wife Dorothy and two of their daughters. Many former retired colleagues also attended and shared light-hearted stories of time spent with Mr. Rosenwinkel.

Friends, family members and former colleagues of the late Howard Rosenwinkel, founding director and first president of Anoka Technical College, gathered on campus for a tree planting ceremony in his honor, May 19.

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