March 2, 2016

Retirees share common threads as well as their courthouse ties

By Annette Tait
Diane Bubel and Penny Pulver will celebrate their retirements from service to Oliver County on the same day, but that isn’t the only common thread between the two.
Bubel was the first to begin her career at the courthouse, when she was hired as an eligibility tech for Dakota Central Social Services in 2002. Pulver began working as the deputy county treasurer five years later, in 2007.
But the two had known each other long before they began working in the same building. Their husbands, Howard Bubel and Frances “Junior” Pulver, had rodeoed together years before, in the 1960s.
“I came to the courthouse, and here she was,” said Pulver with a smile.
Even so, they had only known each other in passing, even though their spouses competed in the same event – steer wrestling. Junior was a steer wrestler, and Howard hazed the steers.
“We hadn’t clicked yet because we were both a little shy,” Pulver said.
Bubel and Pulver didn’t take long to get to know each other once they both worked in the courthouse, discovering that they both have March birthdays, only two days apart. And each has a son, a daughter, and one granddaughter.
Much has changed since Bubel saw an ad in the paper, applied for the job, and began working for Dakota Central Social Services. From her initial position as “mainly a receptionist,” she began working with the heating fuel assistance program after Lu Isaak retired. Initially she was responsible for the program in Oliver County, and took on additional territory in McLean after a Washburn employee resigned.


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