A tip of the hat is in order for another group of great conservation volunteers in North Dakoa:
Conservation Education Volunteers Recognized
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently acknowledged the efforts of many volunteers who make the agency’s conservation education projects successful. An instructor of the year and years of service awards were presented at the annual volunteer banquet held in Bismarck.
Lynn Kieper, Bismarck, a department volunteer and active fishing instructor since 1992, received the Fishing Instructor of the Year award. Kieper was recognized for his work with kids at numerous fishing camps and events, including Family Fishing Days and the North Dakota State Fair. He’s also a board member for Lure Em For Life, a non-profit fishing organization made up of volunteers whose mission is to teach people of all ages about fishing through fish camps and other fishing events.
In addition, volunteers were recognized for years of service.
Receiving 20-year service awards were Walter Darr, Williston; Larry Nagel, Shields.
Recognized for 15 years of service were Beth Darr, Williston; Nanci Fennern, Bismarck; Tim Larson, Turtle Lake; Janelle Montgomery, Center; Gerald Norberg, Minot; Allen Rusch, Fargo.
Receiving 10-year service awards were Stanley Cox, Jamestown; Richard Peterson, Bismarck; Michelle Pich, Menoken; Duane Reinisch, Valley City; Douglas Thingstad, Jamestown; Cindie Van Tassel, Breckenridge, Minn.
Recognized for five years of service were Gregory Gerou, Wahpeton; Richard Stark, Garrison.
Two-year service recipients were Skip Balzer, Bismarck; Curt Decker, Dickinson; Jerimiah (JD) Hanson, Center; James Heim, Elgin; Mark Kiefer, Bismarck; David Langenwalten, Fairmount; Paul Lee, Devils Lake; Dennis Schlenker, Bismarck; Christopher Seavert, Wahpeton; Edith Stark, Garrison.