Rita grew up in St. Cloud, the 8th of ten children, attended Cathedral High School, & St. Cloud Beauty College. After working as a hairdresser, restaurant owner and in retail, she returned to college and received a degree from Rasmussen Business College in Hospitality Business Mgmt. Rita has been married to Gil for 37 years. They have three children, Brad, Matt, & Jessica, son-in-law Darren, daughter-in-law Nicci, & seven grandchildren ages 2 - 13. She has been active in the Band Parent Association, Home Pride Lions, Cold Spring 2020 and the Cold Spring Area Chamber. Rita is the owner of Great Escapes Travel & Tours, which began in 1999.