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Grassroots Leadership Award

In 1987, NDTOA established the Mr. Township Award which was dedicated to the founder of our organization - Hank Weber of Casselton, North Dakota.  The name of the award was later changed to the Grassroots Leadership Award to recognize the many female township officers in our state.

This award was presented to a township officer who, through his or her actions, had served their township, their community and/or their state with exceptional service.

The first recipient was Jim Braaten from Crary, Ramsey County, in 1987. Click here to see all past Mr. Township/Grassroots Leadership Award recipients.

2016 Grassroots Leadership Award:
Curtis Hemstad; For 42  years of distinguished service on behalf of Idaho Township in Mountrail county. 



Legislator of the Year Award

Legislative success requires friends in the legislative arena. This award program was established to reward, on an annual basis, one of those legislators who have been of great help to the NDTOA.

These awards are given at the annual meeting awards banquet. Each winner has a chance to be recognized in the presence of as many township officers as are assembled at the annual meeting and convention. The award recipient is given a plaque and are invited to address the NDTOA membership.

The qualifications to receive this award depend on if the legislator has been a repeated sponsor, co-sponsor or defended in committee or on the floor of their house, township endorsed bills.

Senator David O’Connell, a township officer from the Lansford area, was the first award winner. Click here to see all past Legislator of the Year recipients.

2016 Senator Terry Wanzek,  District 29, Jamestown - Senator Wanzek serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. 

In recognition of his work to support rural transportation, Senator Wanzek was presented the award at the 50th annual meeting banquet. He is from Jamestown in District 29 which includes Foster, much of LaMoure and Stutsman counties. He serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and has been instrumental in securing the state grants townships have received in past sessions. Senator Wanzek is a farmer, rancher and business owner; he received his education at Jamestown College and Texas A&M. He and his wife Janice have three children and three grandchildren. He was first elected to the legislature in 1993.

Pictured left to right - Recipient Senator Terry Wanzek & Larry Syverson, NDTOA Executive Secretary


NDTOA President's Award

In 2016, the NDTOA Board of Directors created the President's Award as a way to recognize exemplary contribution by individuals that are not elected officials. 

President's Award:
2016:  Willie Huot, Grand Forks
   For his service and assistance to townships.

Willie Huot, native of Red Lake Falls, MN received both a BS & M Ed. degrees from the University of Minnesota. Upon completion of his education, he served in the Peace Corps in Morocco, North Africa for two years before starting his 41 1/2 year Extension career with the Cooperative Extension Service.

The first 13 years he spent with the Montana Extension Service; serving in two different counties in the greater Missoula area. During this time he was responsible for a wide variety of extension programs including crop and livestock production, horticulture and 4-H.

In 1990 began his career with the North Dakota Extension service, serving two years in Ramsey County before transferring to Grand Forks where he has spent the past 24 years. During this time, he has served as the secretary for the Grand Forks County Township Association. He has worked closely with the Board of Directors in coordinating and facilitating bi-annual meetings for all township officers’ help they better carry out their board responsibilities.

Even though he retired on December 31, 2016, he will continue serving as the board secretary for the near future.

Pictured left to right - Recipient Willie Huot and Al


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