WILLMAR – Two community leaders from Raymond were honored Thursday as the 2019 Outstanding Kandiyohi County Senior Citizens.

The awards were presented to Mildred Meyer and Randall Haats for their “outstanding commitment to their community and/or organization after reaching the age of 65” during the Senior Citizens Day program at the Kandiyohi County Fair, which is underway through Saturday night in Willmar.

Meyer and Haats were nominated for the county award by family and friends and were not aware they were being honored during the public event.

In her nomination letter, Meyer was credited for her longtime volunteer service with veterans, the Raymond Garden Club and sharing her musical talents at churches and area senior facilities. She was also praised for sewing “countless” children’s quilts and clothing bags that were donated to an orphanage in Haiti and putting others first.

In his nomination letter, Haats was credited for his work with preserving local history, volunteering at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and efforts to form a museum in Raymond. Haats has a special interest in documenting local sports history and has a private collection of sports uniforms.

Meyer and Haats will be automatically entered into the contest for Minnesota Outstanding Senior Citizen, which is awarded each year at the Minnesota State Fair.

The Kandiyohi County Fair Board also gave Honorary Lifetime Member awards to Vaughn and Kay Ekbom, Darlene Bratberg and Dennis Benson for their involvement with the Kandiyohi County Fair.