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Schultz, Dvorak recognized as outstanding senior citizens

Louis Schultz and Ed Dvorak were named 2017 Hubbard County Outstanding Seniors. (Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)

Louis Schultz and J. Edward Dvorak were nominated for 2017 Outstanding Hubbard County Senior Citizen.

Both men were recognized for their community service during "Senior Day" festivities at the county fair.

At Friday's ceremony, Karen Lenius, representing the Hubbard County Council on Aging, explained that nominations are solicited from individuals, agencies and organizations.

Judging is based on the number and diversity of volunteer contributions. The nominee must be age 70 by June 1.

No women were nominated for the accolade this year.

"The important thing is not necessarily the individual we put forward, but the importance of volunteerism in the community. So many things happen here in Park Rapids, Nevis, Akeley, Laporte and Lake George that would not happen without the efforts of volunteers," Lenius said. "This is our opportunity to say 'thank you' to you two individuals in particular, but also to all volunteers in general."

Living at Home Executive Director Connie Carmichael thanked her organization's volunteers, who donated 2,673 hours of their time and drove 21,040 miles in 12 month's time.

"Everybody needs to applaud all the wonderful volunteers here today and the ones who couldn't make it. Thank you, thank you, thank you," she said.

A U.S. Marine Corps League Honor Guard, Schultz initiated a program to make the American flag more visible in Park Rapids within the past year. He is active in a number of organizations, including Rotary Club, Long Lake Association, the American Legion, SCORE, CHI St. Joseph's Health, Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission, Disabled American Veterans, Global Quality Futures Workshop and the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

Schultz has a keen interest in helping entrepreneurs start small businesses and encouraging regional economic growth.

"It's an honor to be able to help people, and sometimes I can't keep my nose out of things," he said.

Dvorak was honored for mentoring youth and his participation with the Akeley Lions, Our Lady of the Pines Church, East Hubbard County Fire Board, White Oak Township Board and MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership.

"If you have been involved in any volunteer organization throughout Hubbard County, it is likely that you know Ed," wrote Theora Goodrich in her nomination letter. "His involvement has included civic, religious and political organizations. His unique background makes him a top choice for leadership positions within those organizations, and his compassion and intelligence make him one of those people you aren't likely to forget."

County fair winners are automatically entered into the Minnesota State Fair competition, where two seniors will be recognized as Minnesota's Outstanding Senior Citizens on Thursday, Aug. 31. The state winners, one male and one female, are chosen for their outstanding commitment to community service since reaching the age of 65.