Rural Jamestown resident, Deb Hatlewick, to receive ‘Above and Beyond’ award

Perhaps you’ve seen her coaching youngsters at the Stutsman County Fair’s livestock show. Or maybe you helped her 4-H group starve off hunger and Stock the Stock Trailer last year. Others might recognize Hatlewick because of her work with RSVP+ activities.

Hatlewick’s name is familiar within the community and it’s making headlines again.

Recognized for her involvement in 4-H, Future Farmers of America, the Stutsman County Fair, her church, local food pantries, Stutsman County Farm Bureau, RSVP+, the North Dakota Winter Show, the Jamestown Chamber Ag Energy Committee, a youth shooting program, North Dakota Junior Angus, Red River Valley Angus Association and Circle Cross Riding Club, the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce chose Hatlewick for its 2011 “Above and Beyond” Award.

“Every time I look through her nominations, I keep going over the same thing. She’s a doer — whatever is needed, she does it,” Chamber executive director Kimberly Saxberg told The Jamestown Sun.

Hatlewick, who works for Stutsman County’s North Dakota State Extension Service, said she enjoys working with young people across the state.

The chamber told the Sun it chose Hatlewick out of a myriad of applications.

Hatlewick, a Dakota Valley member, lives in rural Jamestown with husband, Bruce, son, Clay (a senior at Jamestown High School), and daughter, Sara (an eighth grader at Montpelier High School).

The Chamber will honor her at its annual banquet Thursday at Gladstone Inn & Suites, Jamestown.

Congratulations Deb!


Dakota Valley and Northern Plains Electric win communication awards

Dakota Valley and Northern Plains Electric’s communication efforts received national attention by becoming 2011 NRECA Spotlight on Excellence award winners recently.

Pat Schaffer’s “Water Heaters a HOT item for Oakes neighbors” story, first appearing in the September 2010 issue of Dakota Valley News, won an Award of Excellence—the top prize—in the Best Feature Story category.

Kirsti Craig’s photos won an Award of Excellence in the Best Photo Essay category for “The Hutterites of Sundale Colony,” a three-part series that appeared in the October, November and December 2010 issues of Dakota Valley News.

Connie Krapp won an Award of Merit (runner up) for Northern Plains Electric’s 2009 annual report “Seeking Balance” in the Best Annual Report to Members category.

All entries are grouped into classes, being judged with other cooperatives of similar size. Dakota Valley is in Class 1—Distribution Cooperative: 1-9,000 meters. Northern Plains is in Class 2—Distribution Cooperative: 9,001-20,000 meters. The varying classes allowed both co-ops to win Awards of Excellence for the monthly magazines, Dakota Valley News and Northern Notes, in the category of Best Newsletter Incorporated as a Part of Another Publication.

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Dakota Valley wins State Magazine Award

Kirsti Craig with NDAREC Center Pages Manager Edna Stoltz


(photo above and story via NDAREC)

Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative was honored with the 2011 North Dakota LIVING Center Pages Award, presented during the annual meeting of the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) in March.

The award, recognizing a co-op’s outstanding use of its local pages in North Dakota LIVING, was presented to Connie Krapp, Kirsti Craig andPat Schaffer.

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