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Novak, Anderson named Hubbard County's outstanding seniors

Zelda Novak and Dave "Lefty" Anderson are Hubbard County's 2018 outstanding senior volunteers. According to Connie Carmichael with Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area, counties across the state select a male and female outstanding senior volun...

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Zelda Novak, left, and David "Lefty" Anderson are recognized as Hubbard County's outstanding senior volunteers of 2018 during the Senior Day lunch Friday at the county fair. Beverly Bethel, right, received an honorable mention. (Submitted photo)

Zelda Novak and Dave "Lefty" Anderson are Hubbard County's 2018 outstanding senior volunteers.

According to Connie Carmichael with Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area, counties across the state select a male and female outstanding senior volunteer every year.

Novak and Anderson were recognized at the end of a Senior Day luncheon sponsored by the Hubbard County Senior Council Friday in the pavilion at the county fairgrounds. They will go on to compete for statewide outstanding senior awards on Aug. 30 at the Minnesota State Fair.

Novak has volunteered with the Lions Club for more than 15 years, Kinship for more than five years, Rotary for more than 10 years, the Riverside United Methodist Church board of trustees and the planning committee for the 2013 Governor's Fishing Opener for the Park Rapids area. She is also a past Girl Scouts leader, a past Rotary president, a past Lions president and zone chair and the incoming Lions president for 2018.

Anderson chaired the 2010 and 2015 Park Rapids all-school reunion, developed the class reunion website and has worked with the Boy Scouts to coordinate flag placements. Currently in his third year as commander of American Legion Post 212, he has also served as the post's vice commander, historian and executive board member as well as a longtime member of its honor guard.

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Receiving an honorable mention at Friday's luncheon was Beverly Bethel. Bethel has volunteered with the Hubbard County Food Shelf, the Headwaters Animal Shelter and the Heritage Living Center. Together with members of her church, she also makes little bears that are distributed at the local hospital, police department, ambulance services and pregnancy center.

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com or 218-252-3053.
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