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After growing up in Eau Claire and graduating from Regis High School and UW Eau Claire, Pete Adler dedicated much of his life to public service in Pepin County.
A familiar face to most residents in his adopted hometown of Durand, Adler topped off a 35 year career as a teacher at Durand High School with 32 years of service on the Pepin County Board, the last decade as its chairman.
His successor as County Board chairman, Dwight Jelle, called Adler his mentor and expressed gratitude that Adler, always the teacher, taught him the ins and outs of county government.
Jelle recalled that Adler booming voice could be a little intimidating for people unfamiliar with his strong leadership style, although that generally wasn an issue because many county supervisors had him for a coach or teacher and thus already knew him well when they began serving the county. Still, Adler was a good listener who was open to changing his mind if someone made a strong case, Jelle said.
was very fiscally conservative. He didn want to spend taxpayer money any more than he had to, Jelle said, noting that the approach helped Pepin County weather the Great Recession.
Gerald M. Bauer, a former Durand mayor and current County Board vice chairman, also applauded Adler stewardship of taxpayer money.
had a lot of respect from county employees, Bauer said. was a good guy. a County Board member, Adler understood that local government, which provides such essential but often taken for granted services as plowing snow, delivering Meals on Wheels and ensuring a deputy responds to a crash,
is the level of government that has the most impact on people lives, said state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D Alma.
might not realize how much time and dedication Pete put into county service, Vinehout said. saw this firsthand: Pete attention to detail, his advocacy for constituents, his insistence that our smallest county receives its share.
Adler devotion to public service was apparent in a January 2016 interview with the Leader Telegram about his decision not to seek another term on the board.
just hate to miss a meeting, and sometimes that gets in the way a little bit if I want to go on vacation, he said, adding that he encountered a lot of smart young people and thought it was time for them to lead the show.
Adler went on to say he would miss being involved with the issues and the people on the board. guess I kind of like government, he said.
Despite his decades of service on the County Board, Bauer said Adler likely is best remembered by many area residents for his time as a teacher and highly successful football coach at Durand High School, beginning in 1960. In both roles, he took pride in helping students with their personal development.
think he always had the best interests of students at heart, and that means a lot, Bauer said.
Tim Hartmann, who was the junior varsity football coach under Adler when Hartmann started teaching in the Durand Arkansaw school district 32 years ago, called it an honor and a privilege to coach with Adler. Hartmann recalled Adler as a huge advocate for kids, sports and education.
Adler even came out of football coaching retirement to coach two grandsons during six winning seasons at Plum City High School. Friday at the Durand High School gym. Student athletes can honor Adler by wearing their jerseys, letter jackets or school colors. funeral service Saturday at St. Mary Church in Durand.