Heather Klassen was born and raised in southwest Minnesota. Raised by a young, single mother along with her younger brother, Heather learned at an early age the value of hard work and independence. Her mother, a registered nurse who put herself through college while raising two small children, instilled in Heather a strong work ethic and a desire for education and self-reliance. Heather gained a step-father in third grade – a man who showed her what true kindness and acceptance meant.
Growing up and attending school in Jackson, MN, Heather entered the work force at age 14, first as a rock picker and bean walker, eventually working her way up to corn de-tassler. High school jobs at the Dairy Queen and subsequently in the media with both KKOJ Radio and the Livewire Printing Company taught her a sense of responsibility and work ethic, and also how to manage money at a young age.
Heather graduated from Jackson High School in 1993, moving on to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in English and a minor in journalism in 1996. Throughout her college years, Heather worked 30-40 hours per week in retail and restaurant jobs, determined to make her own way in the world.
After college, Heather lived in Sioux Falls for a few years before returning to her hometown to work and raise her family. In 1999, she started a career with the Jackson County Pilot newspaper as a writer and eventual editor. Transitioning to the insurance world in 2002, Heather has built her career for the past 15 years with Complete Insurance Services, Inc., a multi-line, independent insurance agency. Heather is an agent and office manager. She specializes in health insurance and Medicare, and is a certified broker for MNSure, Minnesota’s state-operated health care exchange. Heather has helped hundreds of Minnesotans obtain health insurance over the years and is highly regarded in the community for her work and spirit of community service.
A member of the Jackson Kiwanis Club since 2004, Heather has served as president three times and coordinates the annual National Day of Prayer event in the Jackson community each year. She is also a member and past recording secretary for Jackson’s PEO Chapter CB, an international women’s organization with a focus on promoting women’s education. As her children have grown, Heather has volunteered on numerous school committees. As a long-time member of the Jackson United Methodist Church, Heather has taught Sunday school, Bible school, and volunteered on many committees. Community service is a value she has worked to instill in her children since they were small, often bringing them with her to call Bingo at the nursing home or to help with other fund-raising and community and church activities.
Heather and her husband, Tim Klassen, live south of Butterfield, MN. Tim is a self-employed nurse anesthetist in rural Minnesota. The couple has five children. Nicolas, age 19, is a junior at DePaul University in Chicago. Nathaniel, 18, attends school in Waseca. Cameron, age 17, is a junior at Jackson County Central High School. Anika, age 15, is a freshman at Mountain Lake Public School. Sawyer, age 12, is a sixth-grader in the Jackson County Central School District. They enjoy camping, going on family vacations, attending concerts and watching movies together. In her spare time, Heather is an avid reader and fitness enthusiast who enjoys keeping up with pop culture and spending time with friends and family.