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|Paynesville Press - Jan. 15, 2003|
Chamber honors standout members of the community
The Paynesville Area Chamber of Commerce gave out awards to community members and elected board members at its annual banquet last week. |
The Paynesville Area Chamber of Commerce gave its annual awards at its banquet last week. Members of the community honored were: (front) Tess Thielen, Employee of the Year; Morgan Martinson, Outstanding Young Person; Joyce Spaulding, Community Service Award; (back) Bev Mueller, Boss of the Year; Steve and Claudette Nietfeld and Ray and Rita Nietfeld, Farmers of the Year.
Boss of the Year
One member of the PAHCS nursing staff said Mueller is very easy to approach and doesn't have any hangups about getting feedback from her staff.
Mueller said her supervisory style is to do her job well and treat everybody fairly. "We all work together and I have respect for everybody I work with," she said.
Mueller is a past president of the Paynesville Area Chamber of Commerce and she still works on Chamber projects. Most recently she worked on the queen pageant and the Town and Country Days parade.
Employee of the Year
Since she started working at Voss, not only has she mastered working on a computer, she has also learned how to run a backhoe, how to solder copper pipe, and how to cut and thread steel pipe when a customer needed it.
She's a member of the Paynesville Cemetery Board and plays Mrs. Claus at Christmas for the Eden Valley American Legion Auxiliary, where she is the club president.
Farmer of the Year
The Nietfelds also raise some animals that aren't typical to central Minnesota farms: pheasants, wild turkeys, and geese. Ray also raises parakeets and finches for his own pleasure.
The group believes farming is a lot of hard work and there isn't enough time in a day for all of the work necessary to run a farm.
Community Service Award
Spaulding is also one of two women responsible for setting up a scholarship fund in memory of Paynesville students who died before graduation.
Young Person of the Year
Martinson is the reigning Miss Paynesville and holds a summer job at the Paynesville Dairy Queen. The 18-year-old senior at PAHS is a member of the band and choir and has competed at the state level as a soloist. She is on the volleyball team, the track team, and is a member of God's All Star Puppeteers at Nordland Lutheran Church, where she and her family are active members.
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