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Rural Water Award Winners

Clark Cronquist Waterline Award: Given to someone who through their distinctive leadership and perseverance has gone above and beyond the call of duty in the promotion, development, or enhancement of rural water on a state or national level.  This is our most prestigious award.

1979   Eileen Benzinger  1999   Rodger Berntson
1980 Clark Cronquist 2000 Kermit Ueland
1981 Dick Fiala 2001 K.B. Finneseth
1982 Neil Modin 2002 LaVonne Althoff
1983 Vern Kaldor 2003 Warren Jameson
1984 Doran Miller 2004 Dave Koland
1985 Fay Waxler 2005 Patrick Denne
1986 Jerome Olson 2006 Don Flynn
1987 Dr. Stanley Brumleve 2007 Congressman Earl Pomeroy
1988 Alfred Thompson 2008 Douglas Neibauer
1989 W. Ross Brown 2009 LeRoy Johnson
1990 Vernon Anderson 2010 Senator Byron Dorgan
1991 Vic Ertmann 2011 Jack Long
1992 Dave Sandell 2012 No Award
1993 Gordon Johnson 2013 Bill Link
1994 Neal McClure 2014 Joe LaFave
1995 Lloyd Sondreal 2015 Jack Hancock
1996 Roger Stallman 2016 Cal Thelen/Ray Bieber
1997 Richard Herrmann 2017 Dave Lang
1998 Francis "Fritz" Schwindt    

 

Friend of Rural Water Award: Given to someone who provides outstanding service and exceptional contributions to further the goals of rural water in North Dakota.

1988 Erv Rolfstad & Hank Trangsrud 2003 Steve Burian
1989 Lee Nerdahl & Glen Kellerman 2004 Rick Wanner
1990 Gene Lilly & Carl Sandager 2005 Tex Hall
1991 Northern Water Works & Fargo Water  2006 Jerome Jungling
1992 Senator Orlin Hanson & Vern Hedland 2007 Cal Thelen
1993 Glennis Sanden & Jerald Engelman 2008 Galen Satrom
1994 Gary Warner & Burleigh Water Users 2009 Joe Bichler
1995 Alfred Underdahl & Karl Limvere 2010 Bob Shelstad
1996 Ray Scheetz & Jack Hancock 2011 Bob Keller
1997 Vernon Johnson 2012 No Award
1998 Austin Gillette & Gene Davison 2013 Jim Lennington
1999 Ray Mount & Gene Hagen 2014 Jerry Blomeke
2000 Maurice Johnson 2015 Larry Amundson & Rod Beck
2001 Earl Magnuson 2016 Neil Breidenbach
2002 Tillie Walker 2017 Lyle Gravseth

Outstanding Water Works Employee: Given to a water operator or rural water system manager with outstanding leadership abilities and extraordinary accomplishments in water operations beyond the normal requirements of their job.

1993 Larry Amundson & LaRay Ries 2006  Mike Blessum
1994 Gary Grindberg & Roger Nelson 2007 Ralph Packulak & George Azure
1995 Joel Heitkamp & Bill Link 2008 Gary Schultz & John McDonald
1996 Randy Loeslie & Bill Sager 2009 Perry Kapaun
1997 Doug Neibauer & Edward Braunagel 2010 Ross Carter
1998 Chris Helgeson & Dan Schaefer 2011 Mary Massad
1999 "Frenchie" Leintz 2012 Steve Hansen
2000 Mike Kemnitz & George Motl 2013 Gordon Johnson
2001 Barry Schulz 2014 Randy Thompson & Guy Mischel
2002 Neil Breidenbach 2015 Nels Halgren
2003 Ray Christensen 2016 Geneva Kaiser
2004 Alvin Carlson 2017 Dan Roller
2005 Lee Messer    

Outstanding Office Employee: This award is given to those unsung heroes working quietly in the background; office managers, secretaries, clerks, city auditors, whatever their title may be – they are the backbone of every organization and we want to recognize those that have gone that extra mile in promoting water issues to their boards, councils, management, and communities.

2009 Shirley Albrecht 2014 Brad Hejtmanek
2010 Kathryn "Pat" McCollum 2015 Connie Halldorson
2011 Sandy Nelson 2016 Janice Elshaug
2012 Shari Hagen 2017 Sally Herda
2013 Linda Aubol    

Water Taste Contest Winner:

1993 City of Sherwood 2006 Cass Rural Water Users District
1994 North Valley Water District 2007  Valley City Public Works
1995 North Valley Water District 2008 City of Noonan
1996 Southeast Water Users District 2009 South Central Regional Water District
1997 Ramsey County Rural Utilities 2009 Valley City Public Works (Best of the Best)
1998 Ramsey County Rural Utilities 2010 South Central Regional Water District
1999 Tri-County Water District 2011 City of Garrison
2000 North Valley Water District 2012 South Central Regional Water District
2001 City of Cooperstown 2013 State Line Water Cooperative
2002 Grand Forks-Traill Water District 2014 City of Wahpeton
2003 Grand Forks-Traill Water District 2015 Southwest Water Authority
2004 Southeast Water Users District 2016 City of Steele
2005 Cass Rural Water Users District 2017 Southeast Water Users District
       
 
 

 

 
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