November 7, 2016
Nominees and recipients were recognized at the Second Annual Ideas to Actions Summit on November 1
The Red River Regional Council (RRRC) honored 21 nominees and provided four awards at its annual Ideas to Actions Summit held November 1 in the Grafton Public Schools Performing Arts Center. Attended by more than 130 people, the event was designed to celebrate people striving to build their communities and inspire those interested in boosting the tourism industry in northeastern North Dakota.
The event included a workshop prior to the event that featured speakers including Sara Otte Coleman, Tourism Division of the ND Department of Commerce; Mark Zimmerman, Matt Gardner, and Mike Duerre, ND Parks and Recreation; and Julie Rygg, Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau. The event concluded with the keynote event which included presentations by Dawn Keeley, Executive Director of the RRRC, and Greg Tehven, Emerging Prairie, as well as presentation of the impact awards.
“We are so proud of the quality and quantity of individuals and groups of community builders that contribute so much to the communities of this region,” said Keeley. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to celebrate them and their work that is so impactful.”
Great Ideas, Projects and Leaders Recognized
The RRRC awards program was designed to recognize and reward the leadership and commitment demonstrated in communities across the Red River region. A total of 21 nominations from across the four-county region were received for the three categories. Winners were selected by the RRRC Board of Directors. The three categories included:
- Catalyst Award. This award recognizes an individual who acts as a kick starter for an idea or project. The winner of the Catalyst Award was Dave Moe, Elderly Relief Fund – Grafton. Dave Moe saw a need in the community and worked to establish a fund to help elderly residents with daily living expenses.
- Determination Award: This award recognizes successful projects that create a significant impact on a community. The Winner of the Determination Award was the Adams Rural Fire Department Fire Hall Project. For the small town of Adams, near the west edge of Walsh County, fire protection is of the utmost concern. A
petition to raise the mill levy had overwhelming public support and the funds were raised to support new construction and equipment.
- North Star Award: This award recognizes ideas to illuminate opportunities or create a guiding light for progress within a community. Winner of the North Star Award was Grafton Parks and Recreation Campground Expansion Project. After steady growth for eight years and two summers at full capacity, the Grafton Parks and Recreation staff added 15 full-service camper sites, five cabins, a second bath house and a visitor’s station.
- Intrepid Award: The Intrepid Award is reserved only for the most audacious, bold organizations or thinkers who have transitioned a visionary idea to literal, concrete results. Winner of the Intrepid Award was North Valley Career and Technology Center – Grafton. The staff of North Valley CTC have historically provided state-of-the-art learning opportunities that reflect the changing needs of community members and workplaces throughout the Red River region.
The awards were hand-crafted glass creations by Jason Lindell, Sundog Glass Design, Park River. All nominees were also provided a “Community Builder” recognition keepsake. For a complete list of all nominees, go to the RRRC’s website at www.redriverrc.com or the Red River Regional Council’s Facebook page.
The overall purpose of the Ideas to Actions Summit is to provide an opportunity to inform the public of the goals and activities of the Council, to create excitement about the potential of the region’s communities, and to recognize the excellent work of the region’s communities. The RRRC serves a four county region including Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh counties.
Photos courtesy of Todd Kjelland, Walsh County Record