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Game and Fish volunteers honored

Volunteer instructors for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department were recognized Jan. 4 at the annual banquet in Bismarck.

Skip Balzer, Bismarck, received the volunteer of the year award. Balzer was mentioned for volunteering thousands of hours at rifle ranges and wildlife management areas, Family Fishing Days, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, state fair and fish camps.

Bismarck resident Clair Huwe was named instructor of the year. Huwe was recognized for his work with the Hooked on Fishing program, including Family Fishing Days, fish camps and the state fair.

Richard Peterson, Bismarck, received the special projects award. Peterson was instrumental in securing a new trailer for the Hooked on Fishing program, including writing the grant, purchasing the trailer, outfitting the inside and designing the wrap.

Area residents honored for 35 years of service were Marlowe Grindler, Rogers; Chris Hansen, Napoleon; Colin Hoffert, Harvey and Kurt Wagner, Wimbledon.

Thirty-year service awards were presented to James Hastings, Courtenay; Rick Suckut, Bowdon.

Recognized for 25 years of service were Ralph Danuser, Marion; Keith Domke, Jamestown and Todd Parkman, Hope.

Honored for 20 years of service were Kevin Bishop, Kathryn; Darwin Gebhardt, Oakes; Terry Gray, Cooperstown and Duane Reinisch, Valley City.

Fifteen-year service awards were presented to Adnan Aldayel, New Rockford; Stan Cox, Jamestown; Gary Grosz, Kulm; Matthew Herman, Ashley; Barry McCleary, Napoleon and Doug Thingstad, Jamestown.

Ten-year active instructor recognized was Nathan Fitzgerald, Cooperstown.

Recognized for five years of service were Lindsay Hiedorn, Hope; Tom Sauvage, Linton and Jeremy St. Aubin, Ashley.