Wagner Hosted its first Community Awards Gala

Posted on November 30, 2017

Paula Jensen
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Wow! Wagner.

It’s been three years since Wagner’s Economic Development Director Kelsey Doom took on a leadership role in her hometown community. In that time, the changes have been almost unbelievable. While Kelsey is extremely determined and has a deep passion for the Wagner area, she credits part of Wagner’s success to her involvement with Dakota Resources, the mentorship of people like Beth Davis and Joe Bartmann and the inspiration behind events like RuralX.

This past year, businesses opened in Wagner at an impressive pace. New families moved to town and young professionals came back after college. School enrollment hit 1,000 students, with a kindergarten class three times the size of the senior class. Wagner has become a regional hub with quality medical facilities, shopping, dining and entertainment options. For a rural community of just over 1,500 people, Kelsey felt this was something worth celebrating.

On November 17, Wagner hosted its first Community Awards Gala, honoring volunteers who help make progress possible. Awards were given in the following categories:

  • Hero of the Year – Wayne Joseph
  • Friend of the Farmer – Terry Koupal
  • Business of the Year – Commercial State Bank
  • Citizen of the Year – Paul Kucera
  • Teacher of the Year – Tera Koupal

The event showcased the best of a rural community and was an incredible testament to the power of hard work and dedication. Hats off to Wagner! You always know how to wow us!




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