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Kossuth County Individual & Community Tourism Award
2004 Award Recipients

Year Individual Award Community Award
2005 Char Spear
Kathy Fraser
2004 Vickie Madsen
Dawn Schmidt
West Bend
2003 Bev Skadburg
Mabeline Lovstad

Char Spear
Tourism Volunteer of the Year - 2005

Char has been a strong and positive influence in the community of Lakota. She owns her own business, Char’s Town and Country Salon, which is housed in the oldest building in Main Street. She has put much time and effort into making this location very attractive and eye appealing. Char is an elected member on the Lakota City Council. Her devotion to the City and School has fueled her energy to volunteer countless hours to perform acts and deeds that have enriched Lakota and its residents. Char’s commitment to her community and family have inspired the same kind of volunteerism in others so please join us in congratulating Char Spear as Kossuth County Volunteer of the Year for 2005.

Kathy Fraser
Tourism Volunteer of the Year - 2005

Kathy is a member of the KCEDC Tourism Committee and has been a life-long resident of Whittemore. Kathy is a tireless volunteer and has helped inspire the strong sense of community that exists in Whittemore today. She always goes above and beyond the necessary help that is needed on the Tourism Committee with all of the different projects. She will take on a task and fulfill all of the necessary procedures that are required to complete it. She is an enthusiastic and committed volunteer. Her quick wit and friendly demeanor are qualities that make Kathy a natural choice for Kossuth County Volunteer of the Year for 2005.

Community of the Year Award - 2005

In order to receive the Community of the Year award, a town must display extraordinary efforts to promote tourism and attract tourists to Kossuth County. This year's winner has gone above and beyond the usual in many, many ways.

The beautiful State Street Renovation Project alone is worth recognition, but the residents of Algona have also hosted an extremely successful Sesquicentennial, another excellent Founder's Day Celebration, the Annual A.B.A.T.E. Freedom Rally, the highly popular Craft Show in the fall, Thursday Night Family Fun Nights, everyone's favorite Band Festival Day, and RAGBRAI XXXIII.

Congratulations Algona for being the Kossuth County "Community of the Year " for 2005.

2004 Award Recipients


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