Dr. Nesheim Retires From Palo Alto County Board of Health
On Thursday, March 15, Dr. Daniel Nesheim was presented with a certificate after serving in the Palo Alto County Board of Health for 20 years. Dr. Nesheim is a retired veterinarian from Mallard. He cared for both large and small animals throughout his career.
In 1998, Nesheim was approved by the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors to serve on the Board of Health. In order to get appointed, a person must apply and then receive approval from the Board of Supervisors. Each member of the Board of Health serves a three-year term before they have to reapply. Dr. Nesheim replaced Phil Stillman on the Palo Alto County Board of Health during his initial term. The Board of Health governs the County’s Community Health Department. They advise the board on any public and community health issues that the county may face.
“I knew them [the Board of Supervisors] so they approved me. Otherwise they wouldn’t have,” Nesheim joked.
Dr. Nesheim was the only veterinarian on the board during his time and had a great interest in the health of our county’s animals as well as human-animal transmitted diseases. One of the great concerns during his time on the Board was the bird flu (H1N1) in 2007. There was a great deal of mass vaccinations going on trying to get people protected against the bird flu. The Board of Health worked tirelessly during this time to help protect people and encourage vaccination from this particularly dangerous strain of the flu.
During his time on the board, Dr. Nesheim was known for oversleeping and occasionally missing board meetings. Peg McNally would call him at 5:30 in the morning on the day of a meeting to make sure he was out of bed and ready for the morning.
Dr. Nesheim made the decision to become a veterinarian during his time at Iowa State. He originally declared his major as Civil Engineering. He said that he was a straight A student except for a graphic writing class. He was unable to pass and decided to quit civil engineering; he then switched major to study to become a veterinarian. Dr. Nesheim also played baseball at the time but had to dropout due to his laboratory schedule.
During his time as a veterinarian Dr. Nesheim especially enjoyed working with cattle. He stated that his greatest accomplishment throughout his life and career was his children. Dr. Nesheim has two children- his son is an optometrist and his daughter earned her MBA from South Dakota.
Peg McNally will replace Dr. Nesheim. His term was set to end on Dec. 31, 2018. Thank you Dr. Nesheim for your years of service, and congratulations on your retirement.