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Jim Hall Outstanding Alumni Award

The Jim Hall Outstanding Alumni Award was established in 1992 by the Iowa Lakes Alumni & Friends Association. Jim attended the Estherville School District graduating from high school in 1966. After graduating from Iowa Lakes Community College in 1968, he attended the University of Wyoming for one year and graduated from Mankato State University in 1972. Jim married Sylvia Groenewold and together they owned and operated Hall’s Decorating in Estherville. Jim was a strong supporter of Iowa Lakes Community College, serving as an assistant football coach and an active Century Club member for many years.

This award is presented annually at spring commencement to past graduates of Iowa Lakes Community College who are excellent representatives of the college exhibiting outstanding support of community, business and/or service clubs.

Nominations for this award are accepted electronically. Click here to make a nomination.

The 2018 Jim Hall Outstanding Alumni Award was presented to Michael Martens of Estherville, IA
Michael Martens, 2019 Recipient (left) congratulated by Deb Weston, at Iowa Lakes Community College

Nominations for the 2020 Jim Hall Outstanding Alumni Award must be received by March 15, 2020. 


Year Name Occupation Area of Residence Press Release
2019 Michael Martens Emmet County Sheriff Estherville, IA Press Release
2018 Dan Jorgensen Mayor Ringsted, IA Press Release
2017 Doug Burton First Christian Church Estherville, IA Press Release
2016 Diane (Twait) Nelson Lakeland AEA Ringsted, IA  
2015 James Donovan Mentor, Adult and Teen Challenge and driver, Interfaith Hospitality Network Baxter, MN  
2014 Kathy Preston Emmet County Public Health Ringsted, IA   
2013 Larry Sundall Alumni Vice-President Estherville, IA  
2012 Robert (Rob) Jacobs General Manager, Cooperative Elevator Association Hartley, IA  
John Wittneben Owner, Wittneben Land Surveying Estherville, IA
2011 Erika Tonsfeldt Volker Director, Partnerships for Innovation Papillion, NE  
2010 Bridget Breen Director of News & Operations at KTIV-TV Sioux City, IA  
2010 Darin Moeller Estherville Campus Executive Dean
at Iowa Lakes Community College
Estherville, IA  
2009 Rick Olesen Vice President of Operations & Engineering
at Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative
Estherville, IA  
2008 Merwyn C. (M.C.) Gill Company Founder Pasadena, CA  
2007 Dana Holland Health Administrator, Good Samaritan Society Ottumwa, IA  
2006 Linda Heldt Iowa Lakes Office Associate Estherville, IA  
2005 Bruce Hertzke CEO, Winnebago Forest City, IA  
2004 Alan Blum Business Owner Estherville, IA  
2003 Greg Stevens State Representative Milford, IA  
2002 Dr. L.T. Donovan Orthopedic Surgeon Minneapolis, MN  
2001 Ronald Smith Farmer, County Supervisor Dolliver, IA  
2000 Dean Luchtel Business Owner Milford, IA  
1999 Marcie Frevert State Representative Emmetsburg, IA  
1998 Jack Tatman Farmer, Board of Trustees Spirit Lake, IA  
1997 Marian Brunsvold Alumni President Spirit Lake, IA  
1996 Pat Hall Iowa Lakes Instructor Estherville, IA  
1995 Herman Richter Retailer, The Three Sons Milford, IA  
1994 Dr. Judy Reinking Podiatrist Algona, IA  
1993 John S. Walz ECHO Estherville, IA  
1992 Bob Grems Iowa Lakes Athletic Director Estherville, IA  


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