Many honored at Distinguished Service Awards banquet

Local organizations and boards honored nearly two dozen people during the Rum River Festival’s Distinguished Service Awards banquet June 12 at the Princeton VFW Club.
The majority of the recipients live in the Princeton area, but Princeton Public Works Director Bob Gerold, speaking on behalf of the city’s park and recreation board, said that sometimes the volunteers are from out of town. In honoring Mark Antzcak, of Blaine, with Boss Control, Gerold explained that Antzcak goes above and beyond what is required of him to maintain and equip the city’s splash park. People like Antzcak “love our city,” Gerold said.
Here is the breakdown of the other honorees: :
• Loren Papesh with Princeton VFW Post 806 honored volunteers Brad and Sandi Brown, and Al and Lila Roehl for volunteering.
• Rosemary Papesh with Princeton VFW Post 806 Auxiliary honored Irene Reasoner as the auxiliary’s sweetheart queen, and Lottie Lindberg as a volunteer.
• David Rahm with Order of Eastern Star Kedron Chapter 120 honored Elaine Rahm.
• Dennis Dehn with the Knights of Columbus honored Bonnie Wolynski.
• Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce honored Mille Lacs County Historical Society president Penny Quast.• Judy Barnes with the Princeton Civic Betterment Club honored Gloria Bromberg as the club’s queen of the year for her volunteering.
• Paul Kinnenberg with Princeton Rotary Club honored Rotary member Steve Tou as a Paul Harris Fellow.
• Jeff Larson and Allison Miller with Rum River Health Services honored Dr. Pete Jensen and sisters Hailey and Hannah Wheeler.
• Jerry Whitcomb with American Legion Post 216 honored Jim Dalziel as a Legion life member.
• Jean Jackson and Linda Anderson with the American Legion Auxiliary honored Doris Strombeck as a volunteer and as the auxiliary’s Poppy Queen, Mindy Nelson-Kehn as the Auxiliary’s Woman of the Year, and Pam Schlagel as a life member.
• Pete Olson, DeNice Janssen and Ginger Glenn with the Learning and Living Committee took turns in honoring people who have helped students learn how their school courses can apply to the workplace. The recipients were Princeton Superintendent Julia Espe, Quast, and Olson..
• Mark Oleen with the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce honored Scott Berry, Marv’s True Value, and Rum River Health Services.