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Jerry Carter

Jerry Carter graduated from River Falls High School in 1949. In high school he participated in baseball, basketball, track and football. He was captain of the 1949 basketball team and played on two Middle Border Conference championship teams in 1948 and 1949.

He also participated in the marching band, high school orchestra, and the River Falls Drum and Bugle Corps, and played American Legion baseball.

After four years of enlisted service in the U.S. Navy aboard an aircraft carrier during the Korean War, Carter enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he played on the basketball team. From 1960-65, Carter coached American Legion baseball and in 1968 he coached Little League baseball in River Falls. He also coached junior varsity basketball at River Falls High School and basketball at St. Bridget's Parish School.

Carter coached football at UWRF from 1970-75 and has been a member of the 'Chain Gang" at college football games for 54 years. In the mid-1980s, he was a goal judge for the UWRF hockey team and was part of the 1988 NCAA Division III National Championship program.

Carter officiated at high school football games in Wisconsin and Minnesota for 37 years, which included numerous playoff games and four state championship games at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. For the past five years he has volunteered to work on the chain gang at Wildcat home football games.

In 1997, Carter was awarded many community service awards for his commitment to River Falls, including the Citizen of the Year award for his dedication and involvement in the River Falls Youth Fund, the Lion's Club Roger Horness Service to Youth and Community Award, the River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Good Citizen of the Year Award, the Pierce-St. Croix Officials Association Award for 37 years of sports officiating, the River Falls Methodist Church Special Mission Recognition Award. He also received the 3M Company Retiree Community Volunteer Award for his efforts and service to River Falls in both 2002 and 2007.

Carter is a longtime member of the local American Legion and the Legion Color Guard. He was a member of the River Falls Park Board, Cemetery Board, River Falls Caring and Sharing Families, and the church council at United Methodist Church.

For the last 19 years Carter has been involved in charitable efforts which included collecting clothes, food, blankets, socks, coats, caps  and gloves.

In 2004 he started a local food drive and has collected over $47,000 and 51 pickup truckloads of food. He collected $11,000, which was sent to the Fire Department of New York City following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and in 2005, he collected $5,300 that was donated to the Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

On numerous occasions, Carter has been asked by elementary and middle school teachers to speak with students about volunteerism.

Carter and his wife, Jean, have been married for 24 years. He has two children, Greg and Cari, as well as two grandchildren. He and his wife are both retired from 3M

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