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Frac sand company honored by local chamber

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Menomonie (WQOW) - A frac sand company has been named the "Business of the Year" by the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce.

Fairmount Minerals received the award.  The chamber says the company sets the bar high for the frac sand industry and has demonstrated its support to the community in numerous ways.

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The Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce released its list of award winners and a description of each:

Business of the Year: Fairmount Minerals

Their generous support of community organizations, programs and events is noteworthy in itself.  But when an industry often fraught with debate chooses to rise above the "noise" and demonstrate its support to multiple community efforts, it means even more.  Fairmount Minerals sets the bar high for the frac sand industry and corporate partners as a whole – we are thankful to have them in Menomonie.

Small Business of the Year:  Ted's Pizza

Jim and Kim have successfully run their family-owned business since 1986 when Jim bought it from his father at the age of 19.  In addition to offering good jobs to local high school and college students, Ted's supports many community events and organizations – from Girl Scouts to Menomonie Athletics.  In addition, Jim and Kim support the local community by purchasing local meats.  They treat the community like their extended family and their passion for Menomonie shines in all that they do.

Honorary Lifetime Member: Linda McIntyre

As Linda counts the days until her retirement from the Community Foundation of Dunn County, the past presidents didn't think twice about awarding her this honor.  For many, many years, Linda has dedicated herself to Menomonie.  Her work at the Chamber and the Community Foundation laid the groundwork for the success of those organizations today.  What a legacy she leaves all of us!  We thank Linda for her dedication and are proud to award her the Honorary Lifetime Member award.

Distinguished Citizen: Bob & Beverly Spinti

I'm not sure we have enough time today to go through the dozens of ways Bob and Beverly Spinti have benefited this community.  Suffice it to say they've done a lot!  They are active volunteers for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, as well as their church, the United Methodist Church of Menomonie.  Bob and Beverly also help with a number of events at UW-Stout, as well as Chamber events like Meet Menomonie.  They are real "go-getters" who do all they can to make Menomonie a better place to live, work and visit, and are very serving of the Distinguished Citizen award this year.

Good Neighbor: Jake & Shirley Bostrom

Like so many other award winners, Jake and Shirley Bostrom have a long history of supporting our community, including Stepping Stones and high school and college athletics.  Jake was the Lutheran Brotherhood representative for Menomonie for many years, and although he retired nearly 12 years ago, his dedication to the Menomonie community has not.  We thank Jake and Shirley for all they have done for Menomonie over the years.

Farm Family of the Year: Jeff & Gwen Quilling

As a third-generation farm family, Jeff and Gwen Quilling are dedicated to those core qualities that make Menomonie so special.  They are hard-working, kind and committed to their family.  They also have supported 4-H for many years.  Jeff and Gwen have been described as a "salt of the earth" kind of family, that knows how to run a productive and sustainable farm, while not losing sight of the importance of family and community.

Nonprofit of the Year: MainStreet of Menomonie

At first glance, people may think MainStreet of Menomonie just organizes events like Winterdaze or the Community Cookout.  But downtown business owners will tell you MainStreet of Menomonie does so much more.  In addition to raising the visibility of downtown businesses to Menomonie residents, executive director Joanie Dulin continually advocates for downtown.  She organizes volunteers to clean up the sidewalks and pull weeds; she advocates City Council to allow free parking in the summer.  She also instituted Ladies Night Out events, which are a great collaboration among the variety of businesses downtown.  Joanie goes "above and beyond" to help downtown and her efforts are much appreciated.

Volunteer of the Year: Cindy Hatella

Anyone organizing an event in town is smart to have Cindy on their committee.  She is a tireless volunteer committed to helping her community.  Cindy has been a key volunteer for FreedomFest and other Chamber events for several years.  If we need something done, we just have to call Cindy and she always says "yes".  Although Cindy couldn't join us today, she humbly told me she was honored to receive this award – we look forward to celebrating her dedication in February.

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