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Olson leaves legacy of progress

Published 11:24am Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sometimes you get a once in a lifetime opportunity and you have to take it. That is how Fergus Falls YMCA director Tim Olson felt the day he found out that the Missouri Valley YMCA in Bismarck, ND was looking for an operations manager.

Olson, who has been the Fergus Falls YMCA director for 18 months, resigned Monday at the YMCA board members meeting.

“This was solely a family decision,” Olson said. “I never thought an opportunity like this would present itself, but I had to pursue.”

Olson and his wife are both North Dakota natives and decided to move to the state’s capital to be closer to their families. “We weren’t really looking for it. We were very happy in Fergus Falls,” Olson said.

Olson has also been key to the YMCA’s purchase of new fitness equipment and additional workout classes, such as Insanity, kettle bells and spinning.

“I think Tim did a lot of great things for the YMCA in a short amount of time,” YMCA incoming board president Joel Myhre said. “We are now going to gather a committee and try to find the best replacement, either locally or through the YMCA system, that can continue the efforts that Tim had established.”

Myhre also said that the YMCA’s membership had been up and that the facility has been doing better financially compared to a few years ago. “I believe that this is a result of Tim’s efforts, but we move on and the Y’s direction is still solid and will continue to grow,” Myhre said.

The opportunity isn’t without some regret. Olson said the thing that he will miss the most about the Y is the interactions with members and the people of Fergus Falls.

“The people and members of the Fergus Falls YMCA are amazing.”

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