Past Award Recipients

Chapter Awards

Dennis H. Schupp Award of Excellence

1989 – Dr. Calvin Fleming
1990
1991 – Dr. Thomas Waters
1992 – Representative Willard Munger
1993 – Dennis Schupp
1994
1995
1996 – Jack Skrypeck
1997 – Robert Strand
1998 – Dennis Ernst
1999 – Jack Wingate
2000 – Dr. George Spangler
2001 – (not awarded)
2002 – William C. Thorn
2003 – Warren (Joe) Scidmore
2004 – (not awarded)
2005 – Dr. Ira Adelman
2006 – Greg Busacker
2007

2014 – Bruce Vondracek

2020 – John Hiebert
2021 – Brian Borkholder

Special Recognition Award

1993 – Timothy Goeman, Donald Schreiner
1994 – Mark Cook, Bradford Parsons
1995 – Henry Drewes
1997 – Deserae Bushong, Tracy Close, Jeffery Reed
1998 – Jingyin Li (website), Henry VanOffelen
1999 – Gerald Grant (website)
2000 – Mark Hove (continuing education), Doug Kingsley, Laurie Sovell (continuing education), Bruce Vondracek
2001 – Tom Burri (fundraising), Linda Erickson-Eastwood (fundraising)
2002 – Jerry Grant (continuing education), Jeff Weiss (resolutions)
2003 – Brian Borkholder (Hutton mentor), Shannon Fisher (science fairs), Mike McInerny (Centrarchid Technical Committee), Cindy Tomcko (Hutton mentor)
2004 – Brian Borkholder (raffle), Tracy Close (position paper on forest practices), Donna Dustin (Secretary/Treasurer), Mike Duval (continuing education), Eric Merten (position paper on forest practices), Phil Talmage (continuing education), Dennis Topp (Hutton mentor), Ray Valley (continuing education)
2005 – David Anderson (DNR EXCOM, Webmaster, RYBA Editor)
2006 – Paul Radomski (shoreline protection)
2007 – Brian Borkholder (fundraising), Tom Burri (fundraising)
2008 – Cindy Tomcko (Centrarchid Technical Committee), Matt Ward (NE science fair)
2010 – Eric Altena (online payment/credit card web option), Calub Shavlik (online payment/credit card web option)
2011 – Tom Burri (fundraising), Brian Borkholder (fundraising)
2013 – Brian Borkholder (annual meeting), Don Pereira (annual meeting), Ann Schneider (annual meeting work)
2015 – Linda Erickson (Scholarship Committee), Jay Hatch (Scholarship Committee), John Hiebert (Scholarship Committee), Mark Hove (Scholarship Committee), Bruce Vondracek (Scholarship Committee)
2017 – Calub Shavlik (Secretary/Treasurer)
2018 – Mandy Erickson (organizing, meeting chair), Kristan Maccaroni (raffle with subunit)
2019 – Eric Altena (website and setting up google docs)
2020 – Bemiji Student Subunit (helping extra with raffle), Keith Reeves (service on Awards Committee)
2021 – N/A

Best Paper

1989 – Barbara Shields
1990 – Howard McCormick
1991 – Timothy Goeman
1992 – Henry Drewes
1993 – Weming Li
1994 – Tim Essington
1995 – Loren Miller
1996 – Loren Miller
1997 – Carl Richards
1998 – Mark Cook
1999 – Rod Pierce
2000 – Brian Ickes
2001 – Gerald Grant
2002 – Melissa Drake
2003 – Loren Miller
2004 – Rod Pierce
2005 – Open: Dan Isermann; Student: Benjamin Thwaits, Julie Zimmerman
2006 – Dave Caroffino
2007 – Anne Cooper
2008 – John Loomis
2009 – Kevin McDonnell
2010 – Jamie Sloan
2011 – Marcus Beck
2012
2013 – Kelly Harrington
2014 – Will French
2015 – Andrew Carlson
2016 – Trevor Kyler
2017 – Josh Poole
2018 – Loranzia Rogers
2019 – Henry Hansen
2020 – Student: Meg McEachran
2021 – (N/A combined meeting with the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference)

Best Poster Award

1992 – Dr. Raymond Newman
1993 – John G. Eaton
1994 – James Louma
1995 – Mark Hove
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000 – Jay Hatch
2001 – Darren War
2002 – Mark Hove
2003 – Matthew Ward
2004 – Dalma Martinovic
2005 – Open: Daniel Hornbach, Mark Hove; Student: Benjamin Thwaits
2006 – Lorissa Fujishin
2007
2008
2009 – Luke Kusilek
2010
2011
2012
2013 – Steven Speltz
2014
2015 – Peter Xiong
2016 – Phillip Oswald
2017 – Steven Hauschildt
2018 – Student: Jenna Ruzich (University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point)
2019 – Ryan Grove
2020 – Student: Mitchel Johansen
2021 – (N/A combined meeting with the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference)

25 Year Service Award

1992 – Ira Adelman, Jim Grobner, Dick Hassinger, Ken Hokanson, Howard Krosch, , Howard McCormick, Huon Newberg, Joe Scidmore, Dennis Schupp, Jack Skrypek, Jim Underhill, Tom Waters, Don Woods
1995 – Dennis Anderson, Farrel Bandow, Gary Siessennop, William Thorn
1998 – Tracy Close (>73), Robert Davis (>72), Dennis Ernst (>67), Hubert Fisher (>72), Charles Gernes (>67), Gary Kimball (>71), David McConville (>72), John Spurrier (>73)
2002 – Harlan Fierstine (1977), Virgina Snarski (1976)

Outgoing President Award

1989 – Mike Vandeford
1990 – Daryl Bathel
1991 – Greg Busacker
1992 – Jeff Gunderson
1993 – Virgina Snarski
1994 – Don Pereira
1995 – Willian Thorn
1996 – Carl Richards
1997 – Larry Kallemeyn
1998 – Timothy Goeman
1999 – Bruce Vondracek
2000 – Paul Radomski
2001 – Mark Hove
2002 – Brad Parsons
2003 – Brian Borkholder
2004 – John Hiebert
2005 – Loren Miller
2006 – Tim Brastrup
2007 – Henry Vanoffelin
2008 – Mike Doocy
2009 – Dave Fulton
2010 – Tim Cross
2011 – Kristan Blann
2012 – Brian Nerbonne
2013 – Tom Hrabik
2014 – Dale Logsdon
2015 – Shannon Fisher
2016 – Owen Baird
2017 – Joel Hoffman
2018 – Patrick Schmalz
2019 – Paul Glander
2020 – Edie Evarts
2021 – Craig Kelling

Student Awards

Student Scholarship Award

2005- Jennifer Cochran, Nicholas Gidmark, Mitch Haustein
2006 – Rebecca Hunt, Kristen Maccaroni, Scott Mackenthun
2013 – Seth Spawn (junior St. Olaf), Andrew Stevens (senior Mankato), Brooke Weigel (senior St. Olaf)
2014 – Ryan Bart (junior  U of M – Crookston), Collin Nienhaus (junior St. Mary’s), Karin Sather (junior St. Olaf)
2016 – Kara Helgeson (senior Gustavus), Daniel Larson (junior U of M – TC)
2017 – Bailey Duxbury (senior Winona State), Alayna Mackiewicz (junior U of M – Duluth)
2019 – Alex Franzen (senior U of M – TC)
2020 – Christopher Rounds (senior U of M – TC), Alaina Taylor (junior Bemidji State)

E.E. Mecklenburg New Ulm Area Sport Fishermen Scholarship

2016 – Loranzie Rodgers (junior U of M – Duluth)
2017 – Briana Burke (junior U of M – TC)
2019 – Alicia Skolte (senior Winona State)
2020 – Kristina Rands (senior Bemidji State)
2021 – Alaina Taylor (senior Bemidji State)

North Central Division Awards

2020 Best Communication Award

Nominated by: Craig Kelling
Award recipients: MN AFS Communication Committee
Chair: Hanna Kruckman
Members: Craig Kelling, Kristan Maccaroni