2021 Hall of Fame – Bernard McNab

During the 2021 fair long time St. Charles educator Bernard McNab will join the Winona County Fair Hall of Fame. During his 56 years as a St. Charles resident McNab has served his community in numerous ways.

“We are proud of our father and for all he has done for his community as a resident of Winona County,” says daughter Kate (McNab) Parsi.

Aside from Kate, the McNab family includes wife Sandra, and son Patrick McNab.

The McNab children note that their father grew up on a family farm where hogs, sheep, cattle and crops were raised, and as a teenager McNab worked on the “de-tasseling” crew. McNab still owns a portion of that farm and also an acreage in Elba Township.

Prior to entering the teaching profession, he served 2 years in the United State Army and was stationed in Greenland. McNab was discharged with the rank of Captain.

As a runner up for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year award, McNab had a successful 42 year career teaching American History and World History. Over the course of the years he taught in Clarissa, MN, New York City and at St. Charles from 1965 to 1995. During that time in St. Charles he served in many volunteer roles for the school district and acted as an advisor for various clubs and organizations.

Over the years McNab has kept very busy in various civic and governmental roles in his community. Most notable was a 12-year tenure on the St. Charles City Council, and he has also been on the planning and zoning board, library board, head election judge for 24 years for St. Charles and still serves as a general election judge.

Other involvement currently includes the American Legion, Moose Club and Knights of Columbus, and past participation has included the Jaycees and the St. Charles Lion’s Club. McNab has also volunteered his time for youth organizations including 4-H and the Boy Scout program.

Daughter Kate also noted that when Bernard and Sandra lived on Wabasha Ave. near the fairgrounds, their home was often a “drop off” spot for several organizations involved in the fair.