LSHS names Community Service Award winners in Lakeville MN

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Lakeville South High School is recognizing two long-time Lakeville leaders for their service to the community.

Long-time swim coach Rick Krueger and Nancy Skaro, Lakeville Community Education’s long-time facility use coordinator, were presented with the school’s Community Service Awards Sept. 20.

The school began recognizing Lakeville community members, coaches and leadership service awards for their contributions to the community, said Neil Strader, activities director at Lakeville South High School.

Krueger is affectionately known as “dean of Lakeville Swimming and Diving,” said long-time coach Rick Ringeisen. Krueger first came to Lakeville in 1973 to teach social studies and to coach Lakeville Swimming and Diving. In 1979, Krueger left to advance his career.

“While he physically left Lakeville, his heart never left Lakeville,” Ringeisen said of Krueger.

Krueger continued to follow the teams and their accomplishments. In 1994, Krueger and his family returned to Lakeville, where he and his wife Diane became strong supporters of the schools. Krueger also started volunteering with the team. In 2015, when the school board restored coaching positions, Krueger accepted an offer as an assistant coach at Lakeville North.

“To this day long after all of his children have graduated, Rick Krueger continues to coach and mentor swimmers and divers at Lakeville North and Lakeville South,” Ringeisen said.

Skaro made her mark behind the scenes.

Skaro served as the district’s Community Education Department facility use and systems coordinator for 24 years. In her role, Skaro worked hard to maximize the use of district facilities and fields by community groups to meet growing demand in the community, said John Barta, a member of the nominating committee.

“Every school group, community group and athletic association leader knew that they had a friend to call, not only to schedule facilities but to be a can-do problem solver,” Barta said. “No matter if you are Lakeville North or Lakeville South, Nancy Skaro has been a big part of developing our Lakeville Pride.”

Barta said many of the co-curricular activities held at the high school have achieved success because of the developmental opportunities the community provides at the youth level.

“Her attitude has always been, ‘Let’s see if we can find a way to make it work,’” Barta said.

Skaro retired from the school district in June 2016.

This is the third year the awards have been presented. Past recipients include Jim Knutsen, Carl Wahlstrom and Gary Wicks in 2014, and John Barta, Milan Mader and Ron Rishel in 2015.

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