Beltrami County Assessor Ebbighausen retires July 10
BEMIDJI — Duane Ebbighausen recognized that taxes aren’t the most attractive, or most liked, topic among the general public.
But after 38 years on the job, the outgoing county assessor said the work wasn’t as grueling as some might think.
"I can truthfully say I never minded coming to work," he told the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners just before their regular meeting Tuesday night. "You would think 38 years would be a long time, and it is, but it just doesn’t seem that long."
The board formally recognized Ebbighausen’s service to the county in a short ceremony, presenting him with a plaque. Ebbighausen was introduced by County Administrator Kay Mack.
"He was a pretty young kid when he came to work for Beltrami County," she said. "I think that he’s given a lot to this county, but we’ve given a lot to him too, because I am pretty sure that’s where he met his wife. I think we gave him the best of the deal."
Ebbighausen worked as an appraiser in the assessor’s office before taking the position about 34 years ago.
"It’s an odd job, it’s a little different than most jobs," he said. "Taxes certainly aren’t a very popular thing, but I think we did our best to be fair to most people. There’s been ups and downs but more ups, for sure."