It’s rare to find an employee who has worked for a company for over 25 years who raves about what a good place it’s been to work and how good they’ve been to her, but then, Barb Hall, of Devils Lake, is a rare individual.

It’s rare to find an employee who has worked for a company for over 25 years who raves about what a good place it’s been to work and how good they’ve been to her, but then, Barb Hall, of Devils Lake, is a rare individual.

Thursday was her last day at the Devils Lake Walmart and she’s been there since Day 1 yet she has nothing but good things to say about her employer, fellow employees and the last 25 years.
That says a lot about the kind of person Hall is, too.
Originally from Leeds, North Dakota, Hall did what most girls did after high school, she got married and had a family, two boys and a girl.

Shortly after that Hall went to work at the Ben Franklin store in downtown Devils Lake.
“That was a good place to work, too,” she said.
“I really loved the merchandising and the people I got to work with, the other employees and the customers, too.”
She was there for 25 years.

Then Walmart came to town and Hall’s career in retail continued there.
First she was the manager of the Toy Department. By then her own children were beyond the age to care much about children’s toys so what did Hall do to get up to speed on what children were interested in?
“I watched cartoons, lots and lots of them,” she admitted.
“That really helped me learn what children were into.”

From there she moved into being a support manager for the store’s management team. Then her talents and leadership were recognized again as she was named Assistant Manager.

After a number of years in that role she decided it was time for a change and stepped down from the job she loved as assistant manager to work fewer hours and a regular schedule. She became a training coordinator working four days a week from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
It was her responsibility to train employees, something that comes naturally to her because of her love for people. “When you are in management it really is all about teaching and training good people. I’ve done it my whole life,” she said.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2 the employees of Walmart - present and former - gathered in the break room for a party to honor Hall and the 25 years she worked for the company. At 5 p.m. her time there would be over.

Hall says she’s a little sad it’s ending, but she is looking forward to hanging out with her husband of 53 years, Kenneth, who is also retired from his career as a crop adjuster. He’s started up his own business plowing snow, something his wife says she is not really crazy about doing herself.
What she is excited about is the traveling they will be able to do as a couple, now they’ve both retired. She has a list: Nashville, Tenn., Branson, Missouri and Hawaii, to name a few places she’d like to go.

Their children are grown, their first born is a consultant for an airline company. Their middle child is the manager of Bergstrom Electric in Devils Lake. Their daughter was recently named manager of inpatient rehabilitation and therapy services at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. The Halls have three grandchildren, also two boys and a girl. One grandson attends Lake Region State College and another UND. The youngest is still in high school and Grandma is looking forward to following her activities like baseball and figure skating  during her last two years of high school in Grand Forks.
In her spare time Hall enjoys crocheting, reading and tending her flower gardens. They own lake property, too, so they can spend time on Devils Lake with the family.
They’re also planning trips “out west” to visit family and friends in the months ahead, as well.

One of Hall’s most memorable moments was being selected for the honor of cutting the ribbon when the new Walmart opened in July of 2014.
“I was thrilled,” she said.
“Another associate and I were selected to cut the ribbon to open this beautiful new Walmart. It was such an honor.”

“Walmart has been very good to me,” Hall says, adding she’s going to miss it a lot.
“I’m proud to have been a part of Walmart and for the rest of my life I will care about my fellow Walmart associates and customers.”

“It’s been a remarkable journey.”