Hibbing Highschool Idol Retires After 20 Years

By KBJR News 1

October 18, 2011 Updated Oct 18, 2011 at 9:46 AM CDT

HIBBING, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---After working in the district for 26 years, a Hibbing high school secretary has chosen to retire.

She's a woman whose dedication to education has left a mark in the hearts of her co–workers and students for generations.

For the past 20 years, Marge Frider has been the eyes and ears of Hibbing High school.

"It seems like the school functions better with her here," Emily Lange, a senior student worker said. "It seems like she runs everything. She knows where everything is, she knows what everybody is doing. She just knows everything. She's an amazing person and an amazing woman."

From managing student enrollment and funds to handing out tardy passes and helping students with locker problems, students say they know they can come to Frider if they need help with anything.

"When you're in 7th grade you don't really know your way, she could help you, or if your locker breaks, shes always there," freshmen Courtney Debaulis and Haylaigh Ness said.

But, it's not the day to day office grind that made her an idol. It was the genuine interest and care she took for the people around hr.

"She'll ask them how their day was, or if something is going on, you know, what's wrong?" 9th-12th grade councilor, Jennifer Anderson said.

"I used to get in a lot of trouble and I'd get sent down to her but she'd help me through a lot of things," Stormy Sky Gould, a sophomore said. "If I was like upset, she'd calm me down."

"I know she's going to be missed around here, I see a lot of the students hugging her and almost crying saying I wish you were not leaving," Greg Benedict, the school's resources officer said.

"But I tell them I have to go," Frider said. "I'm getting old and I'm getting tired. And they say, well, we're going to get the principal to give you a blow up mattress to put by your desk and take a nap every morning, every day and every afternoon. And I say, I don't think that's going to happen."

Frider says she plans to travel with her husband, play bocce ball and relax.

Her last day is next Tuesday.

Teaching staff will hold a lunch party and celebration on Tuesday to celebrate Frider's dedication to the school system.

Posted to the web: Jennifer Walch