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The Swede Olson Award was instituted in 1974. We added “Memorial” to the award name after we lost Swede to the “Chapter In The Sky” in August, 2008. This is the one award that looks beyond the past year, taking into consideration the recipient's sustained, longtime contribution to the St. Croix Valley Chapter. A minimum of seven (7) years as a member of the chapter is a prerequisite. Swede was one of the founding members of the chapter in River Falls back in 1951 and always kept in touch with us to make sure we were doing okay. Each recipient has received his own smaller version of the award and keeps the larger version, or traveling trophy, for one year. This award can only be won once by an individual member.

'74    "Doc" Stewart '75    "Ike" Hanson '76    Ray St. Ores '77    BiII Brozek
'78    Chuck Palmer '79    Len Ha!lquist '80    Judd Orff '81    Carl Quist 
'82    Keith Fransen '83    Harold Moe '84    Jack True '85    Jim Hall
'86    Bud Urtel '87    Tyler Smith '88    Don Paulson '89    Roger Bosmoe
'90    Mac Barlass '91    Dennis Garner '92    Emery Nelson '93    Sam Boe
'94    George Everitt '95    Tom Kurkoski '96    Jerry Gibson  '97    Dave Liebenow
'98    Mark Witmer '99    Warren Wilson '00    Duane Hall  '01    Ken Gilmore
'02    Jerry Kirsling '03    Art Warnke  '04    John Lynch  '05    Clancy Nelson
'06    Ted Bolles '07    Jerry Herbst '08    Paul Boettcher '09    Matt Hall
'10    Cliff Turnbull '11    Jim Peterson '11    Dick Kelm '12    Curt Larson
'13    Louis Nosan '14    Duane Schuh '15    Bill Montgomery '16    Chuck Brictson
'17    Adam Blegen '18    Mark Berrgland    

The panel that selects this award winner is the last BOTY and Swede Olson winners.  The individual small block awards for the current and succeeding years are stored by our Chapter Historian, Don Paulson.

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