Awards

The Minnesota Wastewater Operators Association Award categories: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, Collection System Awards SA, SB, SC, SD, Laboratory, Maintenance, Rookie of the Year and Special Recognition.

Application Deadline:
Applications must be submitted to the Awards Chairperson by May 1 each year.

2017 MWOA AWARD WINNERS

Class ASteve Bushman (WHKS)
Class BTom Connor, City of St. Peter
Class CAndrew Fischer, City of Owatonna
Class DJim Plumhoff, City of Ceylon
Class SAChuck Prickett, City of Forest Lake
Class SBChad Bauer, City of Bloomington
Class SCKevin Werner, City of Forest Lake
Class SDN/A
LaboratoryKelsey Van Deusen, City of Red Wing
Rookie of the YearBrian Zabel, City of St. Peter
MaintenanceRay Kemmer, City of Bloomington
Special RecognitionLinda Mullen, City of Burnsville

2016 MWOA AWARD WINNERS

Class AHarold McAloney, Black & Veatch
Class BDaniel Steinborn, City of Le Center
Class CMike Kosak, City of Marshall
Class DAmy Schreader, UC Laboratory
Class SAHoward Jacobson, City of Duluth
Class SBJeff Dionisopoulos, City of Stillwater
Class SCRoger Cauwels, City of Marshall
Class SDKrystal Lingofelt, City of St. Cloud Public Utilities
LaboratoryTim Tuominen, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Rookie of the YearCody DeNucci, City of Stillwater
MaintenanceDerek Goddard, City of Golden Valley
Special RecognitionTodd Arlander, Stantec
ScholarshipHunter Breidenbach
ScholarshipJason Belair
ScholarshipBryan Harp

2015 MWOA AWARD WINNERS

CLASS AColleen Thompson – Willmar
CLASS BGreg Rud – Hayfield
CLASS CEmma Larson – Saint Cloud
CLASS DBradford Bennett – Peopleservice/Virginia
CLASS SATodd Carlson – Duluth
CLASS SBJack Walters – Woodbury
CLASS SCRobert Sogge – Green Lake SSWD
CLASS SDTom Templer – Willmar
LABORATORYGregg Kropp – Brainerd
MAINTENANCEBrian Page – Marshall
ROOKIE OF THE YEARBen Doerr – Bloomington
SPECIAL RECOGNITIONJerry Balbach – MVTL
LOYAL SERVICERandy Poore – Bloomington

2014 MWOA AWARD WINNERS

CLASS AScott Truedson – Marshall
CLASS BNathan Emmerson Reed – GLSSWD
CLASS CJohn Hank – St. Peter
CLASS DDaniel VanEde – Worthington
CLASS SALinda Mullen – Burnsville
CLASS SBDavid Adams – Stillwater
CLASS SCDaniel Nelson – MCES
CLASS SDJoshua Jensen – Apple Valley
LABORATORYErin McMahon – St. Cloud
MAINTENANCEBrian Schoenecker – St. Cloud
ROOKIE OF THE YEARJoshua Iten – Worthington
SPECIAL RECOGNITIONJorja Dufresne – MPCA

2013 MWOA AWARD WINNERS

CLASS AButch Hybbert – Fairmont – SW
CLASS BTanya Schmidt – Cold Spring – Cen
CLASS CWayne Getz – Altura – SE
CLASS DNo submittals
CLASS SAPeter Exley – MCES – Met/Sub
CLASS SBNate Behlen – Edina – Met/Sub
CLASS SCRyan Lee – MCES – Met/Sub
CLASS SDMatt Chumley – Burnsville – Met/Sub
LABORATORYRenee Oelrich – LeSueur – SE
MAINTENANCEJerry Neabour – Bloomington – Met/Sub
ROOKIE OF THE YEARAndrew Bartkowicz – Grey Eagle – Cen
Special RecognitionKay Curtin
Loyal ServiceSteve Duerre

2012 MWOA AWARD WINNERS

CLASS ALes Lange – Willmar – Cen
CLASS BScot Peterson – St. Peter – SW
CLASS CDonald Solt – Worthington Ind. (EML) – SW
CLASS DDarren Braegelman – Belgrade – Cen
COLLECTION SYSTEMRichard McCorison – Duluth – NE
LABORATORYBill Nygaard – Litchfield – Cen
MAINTENANCEEric Moore – Hutchinson – Cen
ROOKIE OF THE YEARJustin Johnson – Bloomington – Met/Sub
Special RecognitionSteve Lipinski
Loyal ServiceDianne Navratil
Past PresidentLinda Mullen

2011 MWOA AWARD WINNERS

CLASS ASE Ron Bruzek – New Prague
CLASS BSE Pat Kaderli – Le Center
CLASS CSE John Frame – Faribault
CLASS DCen Tony Olson – Belgrade
COLLECTION SYSTEMCen Marvin Schreifels – St. Cloud
LABORATORYSW Rachel Cunningham – New Ulm
MAINTENANCECen Paul Marcus – Willmar
ROOKIE OF THE YEARCen Luke Thole – GLSSWD
SPECIAL RECOGNITIONBill Spain

2010 MWOA AWARD WINNERS

Class ARobert VanMoer – Marshall-SW
Class BGene Tupy – New Prague – SE
Class CTina Nolden – Pequot Lakes – Cen
Class DRobert Gruber – Rich Prairie SWD -Cen
Collection SystemTom Connor – St. Peter – SW
LaboratoryRene Sol -St. Cloud – Cen
MaintenanceJeremy Hillesheim – New Ulm – SW
Rookie of the YearChad Bednar – Duluth – NE
Loyal Service AwardPat Mayer
Past President’s PlaqueRobert VanMoer
SPECIAL RECOGNITIONJames Miller

2009 MWOA AWARD WINNERS

Class ARick Ashling – Albert Lea – SE
Class BPaul Stock – Order of St. Benedict – Cen
Class CJeremy Braaksma – Worthington – SW
Class DPaul Grant – Wilmont – SW
Collection SystemKeith Maas – Owatonna – SE
LaboratoryJen Thorson – St. Peter – SW
MaintenanceRobert Rierson – Becker – Cen
Rookie of The YearMark Napiorkowski – Woodbury – Metro/Sub
Loyal Service AwardDean Nelson
Past President’s PlaquePat Mayer
SPECIAL RECOGNITIONJoe Rubbelke – Infratech

2008 MWOA AWARD WINNERS

Class AAl Parella – WLSSD – NE
Class BDarold Nienhaus – Winnebago – SE
Class CRichard Mauris – Winnebago – SE
Class DBrad Winter – Darling International – SE
Collection SystemAnthony Talamantez – Mankato – SE
LaboratoryTroy Zwilling – Hutchinson – Cen
MaintenanceDave Kirchner – Bloomington – Metro/Sub
Rookie of the YearChris Kleist – Duluth – NE
Loyal Service AwardTim Polipnick
Past President’s PlaqueKeith Redmond

2007 MWOA AWARD WINNERS

Class ADean Nelson – Owatonna – Southeast
Class BRon Mergen – Paynesville – Central
Class CDon Wirtz – Marshall – Southwest
Class DDave Watkins – Mt. Lake – Southwest
Collection SystemTodd Carlson – Duluth – Northeast
LaboratoryDan O’Connor – New Ulm – Southwest
MaintenanceMike Mies – Hutchinson – Central
Rookie of the YearTom Connor – St. Peter – Southwest
Special RecognitionDale Tranter – Bonestroo
Loyal Service AwardRick Ashling
Past President’s PlaqueRandy Poore
Scholarship Awards 

2006 MWOA AWARD WINNERS

Class AClay Watson – Gold’n Plump Poultry – Central
Class BWayne Anderson – MCES – Metro/Suburban
Class CTanya Schmidt – Cold Spring – Central
Class DCraig Novotny – Montgomery – Southeast
Collection SystemKen Novack Jr. – Woodbury – Metro/Suburban
LaboratoryPatti Mettler – Mankato – Southeast
MaintenancePatrick Conrad – Bloomington – Metro/Suburban
Rookie of the YearBen Whitcomb – Bloomington – Metro/Suburban
Special RecognitionSandra Mass – Duluth
Loyal Service AwardJoel Schmidt
Past President’s PlaqueRick Ashling
Scholarship Awards 

2005 MWOA AWARD WINNERS

Class AMark Saunders – WLSSD – NE
Class BByron Hayunga – Montevideo – Cen
Class CRobert Sogge – GLSSWD – Cen
Class DBruce Frandle – Faribault – SE
Collection SystemGreg Guerrero – Duluth – NE
LaboratoryBob Jahn – Marshall – SW
MaintenanceMarvin Hossalla – MCES-Empire – Metro/Sub
Rookie of the YearScott Przybilla – Marshall – SW
Special RecognitionGene Erickson – MPCA
Loyal Service AwardBob Van Moer
Past President’s PlaqueDean Nelson
Scholarship AwardsSam Arnzen
Jim Thelen
Matthew Chilson
John Greene

2004 MWOA AWARD WINNERS

Class ALawrence Hiles – MCES – Seneca
Class BDoug Kammerer – Watertown
Class CHarold Carstens – Hector
Class DSteven Griep – Jordan
Collection SystemLinda Mullen – Apple Valley
LaboratoryGlenn Bauer – Melrose
MaintenanceRick Phelps – Rochester
Rookie of the YearJoe Adelmann – Bloomington
Special RecognitionJerry Balbach – MVTL
Loyal ServiceSteve Lipinski – Duluth

Membership Awards

40 Years
Ray Anderson
Rick Ashling
Steve Kleist
James Miller
David Wire

35 Years
Gene Erickson
Byron Hayunga
Allen Holtberg
Rick Lohmann
John Seuer
John Smith
Charles Tibbetts
Jim Wawra
Allen Young

30 Years
Dennis DuChene
Mary Fralish
Dale Riihiluoma
Tom Roushar
Robert Sogge
Jeff Waddel
Thomas Zajac

25 Years
John Harren
John Lincicome
Pete Moulton
Tim Olson
Marlin Reinardy
Mark Sauer
Robert Staydohar

20 Years
Douglas Bergerson
Steven Bushman
Jim Demuling
Glen Gerads
Northern Dewatering
Randy Rieken
Brian Rupp
Dan Wahlberg

15 Years
Pete Albu
Bob Guggenberger