Lynn Nardinger’s roots run deep. He’s the kind of guy who grows where he’s planted, and for 25 years he’s been growing his career with the City of Red Wing. Now the Deputy Director of Public Works, Lynn has come a long way from his start on the refuse collection route he was hired for 25 years ago.
Raised in rural Mazeppa on his family’s farm, Lynn went to vocational school in Rochester after high school graduation and became a diesel mechanic. He put his degree to work when he was hired at Cemstone in Red Wing, and remained there for ten years before he was hired on with the City. Starting in refuse and recycling, Lynn quickly began to advance, taking on more responsibility and gaining the expertise he needed to fulfill his current role.
Lynn’s career hasn’t been the only thing he’s been busy growing. He eventually took over the family farm where he was raised, and has stayed on to raise his own children there. The Nardinger farm has been in Lynn’s family for 135 years, and he spends his free time working the same fields his grandfather and father worked before him. He’s followed another tradition taught by his family; public service. Not only a public servant by career, Lynn is also an active member of the Goodhue County Lions club, whose charitable efforts benefit a whole community.
While things on a farm may grow slow, in the rest of his spare time Lynn likes to go fast. Warm summer nights can find him riding his motorcycle, usually putting about 10,000 miles a year on the odometer. His five granddaughters also keep him running, but Lynn wouldn’t have it any other way. Next time you see him, tell him congratulations on his 25-year employment anniversary; we’re glad he’s chosen to grow with us!