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Rev. Kevin Richter, ICON Ag & Turf, Nohava honored at Chamber annual dinner

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Rev. Kevin Richter led tours of the newly completed St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Le Mars in Oct. 2012. He is the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for 2012.
(Sentinel photo by Beverly Van Buskirk)
The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for 2012 is Rev. Kevin Richter, of Le Mars. Sandy Norby, 2012 Chamber president noted Richters involvement in two changes in the landscape of the Le Mars when she presented his award.

Construction of the new St. Joseph Catholic Church in 2011-2012 literally changed the landscape of Le Mars, Norby said.

Richter is the priest at the Le Mars parish.

Adam Timmerman, of ICON Ag & Turf
(Daily Sentinel photo by Beverly Van Buskirk)
The second change is the unification of the Gehlen Catholic School and Spalding Catholic High School, in Granville.

The high school for both schools in the 2013-2014 school year will be at Gehlen in Le Mars.

He is a Spalding graduate who serves as Gehlen Catholic School president.

Brenda Nohava, Le Mars United Way Volunteer of the Year
(Daily Sentinel photo by Joanne Glamm)
The Chamber's Business of the Year is ICON Ag & Turf, of Le Mars.

2013 Chamber president Brad Pick presented the recognition to Adam Timmerman, ICON general manager.

ICON's new 40,000-square-foot regional headquarters was built along the Highway 75 bypass, in Le Mars.

"We love the new building and we love to be part of this community," Timmerman said in accepting the Business of the Year honor.

He also told the chamber audience ICON "was not taking its foot off the accelerator in 2013."

The John Deere dealership was credited for its community support including raising $12,000 for the Plymouth County 4-H Foundation.

The third honor announced at the Chamber's annual dinner was the Le Mars United Way outstanding volunteer award.

Jeff Stanley of the Le Mars United Way said Brenda Nohava was the outstanding volunteer of the year for United Way.

"We always look for someone who is a standout in the community, doing things above and beyond," said Molly Hewitt, campaign and communications manager for the United Way of Siouxland.

In 2009, Nohava began creating a local organization similar to a program she'd heard about in Sioux City which sends bags of nutritious snacks home with children after school.

The Le Mars Back Pack Program was born.

Read more about Nohava's honor as well as the Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year in reports by Magdalene Landegent, contributing editor, and Beverly Van Buskirk, Lifestyles Editor, in the Daily Sentinel newspaper and online.

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