New face at extension office
28-year-old Claire Lowstuter is the newest face in the Rugby NDSU Extension Service office.
Lowstuter and her husband – who currently works for the Forest Service in Towner – moved to the Rugby area from Colorado in December.
“It was kind of a rough winter to start, but we like it here,” Lowstuter said. “It’s a nice town. It’s a lot smaller than we’re used to, but the people are nice.”
She is currently an assistant to County Agent Yolanda Schmidt. Although it is her first time in the extension service, she is no stranger to the environment, natural resources and agriculture. She has a Bachelor’s in environmental communication from Colorado State University.
“Our family’s in Colorado, but the natural resource job market is very competitive,” Lowstuter said of coming into a role in the extension service.
In addition to office duties, Lowstuter will also provide program support to Schmidt, including help with the 4-H program. She will also play a role in the North Dakota Pesticide Program, but she is unsure, as of yet, as to what that role will be.
Lowstuter also said she and Schmidt want to create more educational programs in the future.
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