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New Nobles County assessor settles in

Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe Joe Udermann started his position as Nobles County Assessor earlier this year.

WORTHINGTON -- Just three weeks into his new role as Nobles County Assessor, Joseph "Joe" Udermann is excited to be embarking on a new career that has close ties to his previous experience in real estate, fee appraising and computer science.

A native of Osseo, in the northern Twin Cities, Udermann said his love for the farm led him to southwest Minnesota.

"I grew up around farming," he said. "I was with my cousins every summer milking cows and plowing the fields. I love agriculture, farming and the outdoors."

Udermann attended North Hennepin Community College, Metropolitan State and Minnesota State University-St. Paul to earn a degree in Management Information Systems (MIS)/computer science.

After college, he and his family moved to Arizona, where he worked as a computer developer and engineer on the IBM I-series for about a year. After returning to Minnesota, he and wife, Lori, began rehabbing houses while he also worked in real estate and as a fee appraiser. That led to a job in the assessor's office in Faribault County.

Udermann spent two and a half years with the Faribault office, and then accepted a position in Itasca. He was there just three months before getting the job offer in Nobles County.

"I love southern Minnesota --it's more the agriculture area --that's where I wanted to be," Udermann said.

His computer background, he said, will help him with his new role as the county assessor, especially since many assessing offices use the I-series software from IBM.

Udermann has attended some courses through the Minnesota Association of Assessing Officers, and completed his income case study exam on the second day of his employment with Nobles County. That, he said, is the last level of education he needed to complete to become a county assessor.

Still, there will be ongoing training and certification that he will need to complete in the future.

"There's a lot of education involved and moving up to the next level," he said. "It takes some perseverance, some drive -- you have to really want to do it."

Udermann said he enjoys his work thus far in Nobles County, particularly working with staff and the assessors in surrounding counties.

He is currently commuting from his family's home in Winnebago, but hopes to relocate to the area eventually. He and his wife have two children, Matthew, 17, and MacKayla, 9.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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