Milt Kuball, Dodge Center resident and former owner of Kasson Hardware Hank, is presented the Kasson Chamber Legacy Award from Cathy Pletta. The Legacy Award recognizes someone who continues to contribute to the community. Kuball is the first recipient of this award.
K-M Superintendent Mark Matuska is congratulated by Kasson Chamber Darin Steffl upon receiving the Kasson Business Person of the Year award at the Kasson Chamber annual meeting held at the Hubbell House on Thursday.
By Karen M. Jorgensen and Melanie Dobson
A businessman and an educator were both honored by the Kasson Chamber of Commerce at their annual meeting last week.
Milt Kuball, former owner of the Kasson Hardware Hank, received the first Legacy Award from the chamber. Kasson - Mantorville Superintendent of Schools Mark Matuska was named Business Person of the Year.
The Legacy Award is a new one, established this year to acknowledge someone in the community who has worked to improve the business climate and also volunteered to improve the quality of life for all Kasson residents, chamber board member Cathy Pletta explained when introducing Kuball.
"He has been a member of the Kasson chamber dating back to the 'Tomato Award' days," Pletta said. "He has served on the chamber board and been past president."
She said he was once a traveling salesman, going door to door.
"One of the duties assigned to him when he moved to town was to act as an elevator, at the old elementary school. He had to carry a student up and down the stairs... and teach."
He is still active in the chamber and in other civic organizations in his retirement and even joined the Dodge Center Lions Club last year.
"He is... always thinking, challenging and moving forward," Pletta said.
"I was totally surprised," said Kuball. "I had no idea."
Getting involved in the community is part of his philosophy as a business person, Kuball said.
"I tried, as soon as I went into business I made it a point to get involved," he said.
When he went into business, he said, he came to have a high regard for businessmen such as Roger Erickson, who owned the other hardware store in town, and Folmer Carlsen, who owned the newspaper. These people, he said, and others like them, were always there for him as a new business owner.
As the years went on, he said, he tried to be there for others.
Another reason for his involvement, he said, is that he has always lived in Dodge Center and because of that he always has made an extra effort to be involved in the Kasson community.
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