Phyllis Kriesel, a staple of the 4-H community in Cherokee County will be retiring March 3. 

Better known as PK, she has served as the Cherokee County 4-H Agent since Jan. 1981 and will be returning to Nebraska, the place where she grew up.

She’ll be talking care of her mother, who has been ill and came home from the hospital November 12th.

Kriesel said she‘s seen a lot of changes over the years.

“4-H has changed a lot in 30 years.” Kriesel said “There are very few stay at home moms.”  “People are much busier than they were 30 Years ago.”

Kriesel said she has had a great time meeting families and that now she is seeing second and third generations of some families come through.

“4-H is not just for country kids.” she said. “There are so many other things that are just as important.” 

She said it’s also about learning to get along with other people and setting goals and achieving them.

“She makes sure everybody knows what’s going on.” Pat Smith said. “We’re really close friends and I’m going to miss her a lot.”

The Cherokee County Extension Board will be looking to find a replacement, but won’t be advertising for it until after Kriesel retires.