Last night I attended the Joseph Lee Heywood Award Banquet to honor Will Brosz.

Will received the Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguised Service Award from the Defeat of Jesse James committee. This award is given to someone from the Northfield area that has given service to the community for many years. Past recipients include Gov. Al Quie, Dan Freeman, Gov. Karl Rolvag, Mary Lou Street, and other people integral to Northfield’s volunteer community. Northfield Construction Company, along with many other local businesses, has supported the Defeat of Jesse James Days activities for many years

It was wonderful to share an evening of good visiting with so many folks. About 400 people attended the dinner at the American Legion. There was live music entertainment during the dinner. All 3 of Will’s sons were able to attend and spoke about their father. Will, long time president of Norwest bank in Northfield, has been a real worker for civic activities. His list of volunteer groups includes United Way, Rotary, Jaycees, St. John’s Lutheran church, Northfield Foundation, library board, Northfield planning commission, Three Links Care Center board, and on and on. It was truly an honor to be there and recognize Will for his unselfish service to Northfield.

The evening ended with the traditional auction of Defeat of Jesse James Days buttons numbers 1 through 5. These are always held back and sold for a fundraiser for the committee. Kevin Dahle, a teacher at Northfield high school, performed the auctioneer duties and did a great job….I know he worked several more hundred dollars out of the crowd with his comments, all for a great cause. Kevin worked me enough to purchase button #2. It can sit along side the Jesse James Days #2 bobble head doll from last year!