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Division of Parks and Recreation honors employees

The South Dakota Division of Parks and Recreation recently recognized several individuals for their work in the state parks system. The awards were made at the division’s fall meeting last week in Brookings.

Steve Kurkowski of Waubay and Bob Schneider of Pierre received 2018 South Dakota State Parks Distinguished Service Awards. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks employees who embody the mission of the state park system are selected for the honor.

Kurkowski has served Pickerel Lake Recreation Area as the conservation technician since 1986. Assistant division director Bob Schneider has been employed with Game, Fish and Parks for 32 years, currently working as the division’s assistant director, in charge of operations.

Kara Svoboda received an Award of Appreciation for going above and beyond her duties as senior secretary at Custer State Park.

A Teamwork Award was presented to the full-time staff at Custer State Park who put in extra time and effort during and after the Legion Lake fire last December.

Team members include Lydia Austin, Dennis Beighley, Ben Bishop, Chad Borkowski, James Canfield, Lance Catron, Jim Ganser, Greg Goebel, Mark Hendrix, Steve Housley, Scott Jensen, Tom Kaiser, Chad Kremer, Glen Lefler, Corey McCartan, Tom Miklos, Amanda Morrison, Sue Palmer, Rochelle Plocek, Laci Prucinsky, Schane Schuh, Doug Scott, Jayme Severyn, Matt Snyder, Kobee Stalder, Kevin Stolz, Kara Svoboda, Bailey Eitel, Lindsey Hildebrand, Aaron Wombaker, Jason Gooder, Connor Olson and Mark Sperlich.

The 2018 Seasonal Employee of the Year Award was given to Logan Hawkins, who has been employed at Palisades State Park near Garretson for the past four summers.

Jason Cash and Steve and Georgia Pusch earned 2018 Volunteer of the Year awards. Cash volunteers at Angostura Recreation Area near Hot Springs, and the Pusches have over 12,000 hours of combined service at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area near Canistota.

Cash donations sought to Hunters Helping the Hungry in Nebraska

 Hunters can make a cash donation to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program when they purchase their 2018 deer permit.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission seeks cash donations to HHH so it can continue to feed Nebraskans in need by providing ground venison. Each dollar donated provides two meals of ground venison.

HHH is funded entirely by tax-deductible cash donations from hunters, businesses and individuals. HHH contracts with processors, who prepare and package ground venison from donated deer. Charitable organizations then pick up and distribute venison to Nebraskans.

Hunters who offer deer for donation pay no processing fee if it is accepted. But HHH might have to accept fewer deer because funds are lower, reducing the number of meals provided to Nebraskans in need.

For more information about HHH or to make a cash donation, visit http://outdoornebraska.gov/hhh.

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