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Two individuals who greatly impacted the pest control industry in Minnesota have passed away: Philip Harein and Michael Fresvik. Harein, a longtime entomology professor at the University of Minnesota, died on July 22, at 94, while Fresvik, former director of the Minnesota Pest Management Association, died on July 18, at 78.

In addition to his work at the University of Minnesota, Harein was an author, expert in stored products pets, and was a staple in helping to plan the Minnesota Pest Management Association’s annual conference.

Prior to becoming director of the Minnesota Pest Management Association, Fresvik was a regulator for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, where he was respected for not only doing his job, but also being helpful to the industry. Todd Leyse, president of Adams Pest Control, Medina, Minn., said his father, Harold Leyse, and his partner, Don Hanson, visited Fresvik asking how to start a pest control in 1970, and they were greatly aided by Fresvik.

Sources: Star-Tribune and Honsa Family Funeral Home


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