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BRITT | Bonnie Pals has seen lots of changes in the real estate business during her 40-year tenure at Kelly Real Estate in Britt. Her official retirement was celebrated with an open house on February 18.

Pals said she entered the work world doing some part-time work at a Britt drug store and then some bookkeeping for Bob Horseman at Good Year Tire. “I was just getting my feet wet working outside the home with kids (some still in school),” Pals said.

Pals started at the real estate office in 1979. “I started working part-time at Kelly on a Friday afternoon. Paul Kelly was my boss,” she said. “I didn't go full time for quite a few years.”

She was the secretary, bookkeeper and the smiling face who greeted people as they walked in the door.

Bonnie admitted she's had to learn a lot of new things over the years. Some changes, such as new technology, are learned as needed.

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“Simple things, yes, I can do (on a computer), but I'm not that tech savvy,” Pals said. “Now, I just don't want to rethink things.”

One of the biggest changes in the real estate world is the amount of paperwork involved. She said after a property sale there used to be only one piece of paper to sign. Now, there are dozens or more – closing, disclosures, loans, etc. “You need to have everything on paper these days,” Pals said. “There is much more paperwork and its more time consuming.”

Stepping away from all the paperwork may be a relief, but Pals still likes to keep busy. “A new gal is going to be in there part of the time and I will still work one day a week,” she said.

If anyone wonders where all her energy comes from – it's from walking. “That's why I've stayed as healthy as I have,” Pals claimed. “And I'll stay active as health allows.”

As far as future plans, Pals said she would like to volunteer with “Reading Buddies” at the grade school and she definitely wants to spend more time visiting with relatives living at the Summit House and around the Britt area.

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