Outstanding Seniors Recognized in Pennington County 15 Jul 17

They packed a ceremony Friday at the Pennington County Fairgrounds, honoring a pair of very active seniors recognized for their service to the area.

James Counter and Elvera Cullen, both of Thief River Falls were presented Friday with Outstanding Senior Citizen awards, by Anita Rutz of the Pennington County Fair Board.

Jim and Elvera  had very similar answers as to why they spend their time volunteering. Both say they help when called upon to serve, not just to support others but to keep busy and for the sense of accomplishment volunteering brings.

Recognized for their contributions to numerous organizations within the community, Counter and Cullen both say they are surprised and honored to receive the award.

Jim says what finds most rewarding is teaching children fire safety techniques, while Elvera encourages others to get active in the community.

The Outstanding Senior Citizen Award is presented yearly by the Pennington County Fair Board. Cullen and Counter will participate in the search for Minnesota’s Outstanding Senior at the Minnesota State Fair later this summer.