Nancy Huisinga was raised in North Central Iowa in Belmond and learned about service there. Her grandparents farmed in Wright County. Her great-grandfather emigrated from Sweden and built a thriving business as a blacksmith in Goodell. She and her two sisters and brother were raised by their mother without the support of our father or any of the programs that are presently available to struggling families. Her mother was a registered nurse who worked as many as three jobs at a time. Despite her already busy work schedule and huge family commitments, she took the initiative to organize and train what may have been the first all-volunteer ambulance service in Iowa.
Huisinga began service to community in October 1966 after the devastating tornado caused untold damage to homes and businesses in and around Belmond. She worked with the Red Cross every day at the local fire station from morning until bed time, providing food to hundreds of volunteers.
Huisinga graduated from Belmond High School (now BKHS). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and studied religion at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt Pleasant where she also volunteered at the Iowa Mental Health Center. She is currently a home health and hospice care nurse and has co-owned and operated a registered daycare in Clarion, IA.
House District 8 includes Garner, Clarion, Eagle Grove, Irvington, Corwith, Belmond, Sexton