STAPLES - A vivid picture remains stored in Glen Hasselberg's mind.
It's a daydream of his final day as activities director for the Staples-Motley School District.
It's of him waiting at the clubhouse of the host course for the Class 2A state girls' golf tournament. It's his daughter Cydney's senior year. She's competing in her last of five state tournaments and she has just finished her final round.
How she places doesn't matter. He takes her clubs and rides off on a golf cart into the western horizon. He is now retired.
That dream will stay in Hasselberg's mind. It will never be reality as he has became a victim of his district's financial problems this spring.
Glen Hasselberg took a break from his golf game Wednesday at The Vintage at Staples. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
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It's a district Hasselberg graduated from. He worked there for 34 years as an industrial arts teacher, activities director and boys' and girls' golf coach.
"There were some obvious cuts that were going to occur because of the district's financial problems," said Hasselberg. "I was told sometime in February by verbal contact that there was going to be a shuffling of the deck and I wasn't going to be included. There was going to be administrative personnel movement, of which, someone else would be doing my job. The board approved the move at the end of April."
Hasselberg was S-M's activities director for 17 years. In 2005, he was awarded the State Award of Merit from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. He was a member of the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors as the treasurer. He also is president of the Minnesota Golf Coaches Association. Those are just the recent awards and titles.
The unenviable position of succeeding Hasselberg falls to assistant principal Dean Ogg, who will start his fifth year at S-M.
"It will be difficult to follow those foot prints," said Ogg about succeeding Hasselberg. "It will be difficult, but I can say that I have really created a great friendship not only in work, but outside of work with Glen."
Because of that Hasselberg has donated his time to help Ogg with the transition period.
Ogg will balance his duties as assistant principal and activities director on a need basis. There is no designated time split between the two positions. Ogg's only experience as an activities director was as an assistant AD at Moorhead State for three years.
"Certainly he, as well as anyone who leaves, will be missed," said Mark Schmitz, superintendent of the Staples-Motley School District, about Hasselberg. "We're looking at a phenomenal person going into that position. He was part of the Minnesota State High School League board of directors this past year. He has served in administration for many years. On one aspect it's difficult to see Glen go, but we're confident in who we have taking his place."
Hasselberg retired as a teacher in May of 2006. He was hired back as a half-time activities director last year.
He will continue to coach both golf teams. He has also been offered the position of event supervisor, which means he would be in charge of all home ticketed events.
As for Hasselberg's dream of leaving the school district, he just wishes it could have been different.
"It's not what I had pictured as how I was going to see my departure from what I've done for 17 years as an AD or 34 years in education," said Hasselberg. "It's not how I had painted that picture. Is there any other way that it could have been painted different, I don't have that answer.
"I also have respect for the fact that tough decisions have to be made. How people are handled that's a whole different deal."
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