Meet your neighbor Jennie Firchau. Jenny is very active in the community. She has been a member of the school board for seven years, worked in the Chamber office since 2010 and also works as a manager at Pizza Hut in St. James.

Are you originally from St. James?

“I actually grew up in Ormsby, but I went to school at St. James.”

Did you go to college?

“I went to Winona State, then I transfered to Mankato after my first year.”

What’s your favorite aspect of St. James?

“Probably what keeps me here is the small town philosophy and closeness. I like raising my kids here.”

How many children do you have?

“I have four kids – Ryan (19), Brady (15), Mason (12) and Gavin (7).”

If you could change anything about St. James, what might that be?

“I’d like more community support of the schools – academic, athletics, everything. I really believe if you have a strong school you’ll have a strong community.”