Jackie Roiger holds her recognition plaque from Runnings.  Former store manager Craig Valentin is pictured left, and the new store manager, John Aanenson, is at the right.

Runnings celebrates long-term employee

Welcomes new manager, bids farewell to former manager

Runnings in Springfield served cake and coffee Thursday, Dec. 6, to celebrate a milestone for employee Jackie Roiger, to welcome new store manager John Aanenson, and bid farewell to the former manager, Craig Valentin. 


Jackie Roiger recognized

for 35 years of service

Jackie Roiger started work at Runnings in Springfield on Dec. 6, 1983, with the intention of being a temporary helper during the Christmas season,

Last week — on Thursday, Dec. 6 — Runnings recognized her for 35 years of service. 

Kent Johansen was manager of the local Runnings store in 1983.  Rosie Potter, a store employee back then, suggested that her sister-in-law, Jackie, help during the busy holiday season. “I’ve been here ever since,” said Jackie.

Jackie worked part-time at Runnings for 28 years, and became a full-time employee seven years ago when her seven children were grown.  “I love my work. I don’t consider it a job,” she said.  

“This is a good, small store,” Jackie said, “and we work in all departments.” Familiarity with merchandise in all departments bears importance, as such workers stand more knowledgeable and able to provide better services, she said.  “I enjoy customer service and interaction with customers.”  


Store manager

Aanenson welcomed

John Aanenson is the new manager at Runnings in Springfield. He grew up in the Luverne area and comes with a background in hardware and agriculture.   He has worked 10 years for another hardware group, and in recent years was associated with a farming operation.  He earned a degree in horticulture from Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, S.D.  His wife, Leisa, an educator, is finishing a teaching contract in Iowa. They are parents of five grown children. 


Craig Valentin to manage

Runnings, Redwood Falls

Craig Valentin, who has managed the Springfield Runnings store the past 14 years, has accepted the job as manager of the Redwood Falls store and began work there on Dec. 1. “I have enjoyed managing the Springfield store and I have appreciated the loyal customers,” he said. “It was a tough decision to leave Springfield, but it was a growth opportunity in the company.”   He and his wife, Loribess, plan to move to a farm site near Morgan and she will continue to work as a certified technician at the local Thrifty White Pharmacy. 

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