The character of a community is defined by its citizens. In 2016, residents of the area reenforced the positive image of Kearney County with inspirational acts of selflessness and personal success.
The year was full of stories honoring residents for their hard work, dedication, and heroics. Topping the list was Maye Dorn who made over 100 quilts to donate to Lutheran World Relief. The ninety-four year old Hinterlong resident has been making quilts for the disaster relief foundation for years, but this is the first year she broke the 100 mark. After meeting her goal, Dorn determined to make another 100 or more in 2017.
Lenny Ginder was honored with the VFW State Volunteer of the Year Award for volunteering his time to help the community. Ginder was nominated for the recognition because of his work with the Special Olympics. He became involved in the organization as a teenager when his younger sister, Angie, joined the program. For the last ten years he has acted as Head of the Minden Delegation and devoted countless hours to the program.
see January 11 Courier for full story