Jackie and Jerry will be spotlighted at reception June 28 at the Golden Link

    Jackie and Jerry Lindsay are this quarter’s “Experienced Americans” and feel very blessed for the honor although they weren’t really expecting to be chosen. A reception for the Lindsays will be held Friday, June 28 from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Golden Link Senior Center with a short program at 2 p.m.

    Jackie told the Times that she grew up on a farm near Fairdale, North Dakota and graduated high school from Oak Grove Lutheran in Fargo. She attended North Dakota State University and graduated with a degree in physical education and health, and coaching. Then, she met Jerry, they married and they’ve been in Crookston ever since. They have three daughters, Stephanie (Ryan) of Fargo, Allison (Brian) of Brooklyn Park and Angela (Jason) of Davenport, Iowa, plus seven grandkids, Andrew, Leah, Reese, Isaac, Marcus, Henrick and Lincoln, with age ranges from 7-12 years old.

    Jackie worked for Crookston Public Schools for a total of 40 years starting as a substitute teacher and coach, and then a paraprofessional. She has even helped out running the clock at Pirate volleyball and basketball games.

    Jerry grew up in Bathgate, North Dakota, the fourth of five brothers and sisters, and graduated from Pembina High School in 1969. He went to Mayville State teacher’s college for a couple years then went to NDSU for Pharmacy and graduated in 1974. His first job was “right here” in Crookston where he worked half-and-half at RiverView Healthcare and Eagle Drug as a staff pharmacist. After two years, he went to RiverView full time and has been there ever since.

    From 1974-1994 he was a staff pharmacist and from 1994-2014 he was the head of the department then wanted to retire. They didn’t want to let him go, so he stayed on as an on-call pharmacist and is still working there.

    “When I was planning on retirement, I thought there would be a need for a relief pharmacist in the area so I helped out at other pharmacies like the now closed Medicine Shoppe, Pamida, and Eagle Drug, plus Thrifty White,” Jerry explained. “I’m actually working at Thrifty White today (Wednesday.)”

    Both Jackie and Jerry have been very involved with their church, Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, serving on the church council and being Sunday School teachers, plus serving on the Crookston Community Food Basket committee. Jerry also sings in the Crookston Area Men’s Chorus and has been on several committees at the hospital.

    In their spare time, Jackie and Jerry like to spend time with their grandkids, attend Pirate and NDSU sports games, plus watch the Minnesota Twins, Vikings, Lynx and Timberwolves.

    “The honor wasn’t really expected and I don’t see myself as such an experienced citizen, but it’s a nice honor,” said Jackie. “We’ve always really enjoyed living in Crookston, raise our kids here; it’s been a good place.”

    “We think Crookston is a great place to live and a great place to be for retirement,” added Jerry. “We feel very blessed that we’ve been in Crookston all these years.”