July 18, 2024

Veterinarian Gregg Sonstegard retires after 50 years

The remaining staff of Nordic Veterinary Services after decades of working together. Pictured from left to right: Jenny Stormo, Gregg Sonstegard, Samantha Lewis.

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Jake Sias
Grant County Herald

Gregg Sonstegard, a dedicated veterinarian who has operated the Nordic Veterinary Services clinic since the early 2000s, is retiring after 50 years in the profession. Without a replacement, the clinic will close its doors permanently. As of June 19, the clinic will no longer be operational.

Jenny Stormo and Samanta Lewis, office assistants for Sonstegard, have also announced their future plans. Stormo, who has worked at the clinic for approximately 26 years, intends to move to Arkansas to be closer to her family. Lewis, with 12 years of service, will focus on her business, Sammy Jo’s Vintage Treasures.

Sonstegard attributes much of his success to the support of his wife, Mary, who managed the clinic’s books and logistics. Her behind-the-scenes efforts were crucial in ensuring the smooth operation of the clinic over the years.

Retirement plans for Sonstegard include hunting, spending more time with his grandchildren, and engaging in activities at the auction barns. Reflecting on his career, he noted that the clinic once employed three veterinarians, but as family farms became less common, the demand for veterinary services decreased. This shift in rural America significantly impacted the clinic’s operations.

The highlight of Sonstegard’s career has been the relationships he developed with farmers and pet owners in the community. Working closely with those who deeply care for their animals brought him immense satisfaction and joy.

An open house at the Hoffman Community Center will celebrate Sonstegard’s retirement and his long, impactful career. Community members are invited to join in honoring his dedication and service to the community.

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