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North Dakota 2010 Heritage Honor Award Colleague Appreciation


Congratulations! You really deserve the Heritage Profile Honor Award for all you do not just for North Dakota but for the people around the world who call upon you to help with their Germans from Russia Heritage. I am so proud to know you.

Patricia (Gabriel) Becknar
Fargo, North Dakota

Congratulations on being named a recipient of the State Historical Society’s Heritage Profile Honor Award! You are most deserving of this honor!

Dr. Ann Braaten
Curator, Emily P. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection
North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota

CONGRATULATION, Michael! Can't think of anyone who deserves this award more.

Jo Ann Winistorfer
Pick City, North Dakota


Congratulations on being recognized as being honored by the North Dakota State Historical Society’s Heritage Profile Honor. I truly know that you are worthy of this honor. As I stated in my short narrative on our tour, your passion for answers and your motivation to keep our German from Russian heritage remembered shows in what you do.

Arve and Carol Moser
Sartell, Minnesota


Obviously SHSND knows how to pick 'em!

James Gessele
Minneapolis, Minnesota

This is wonderful news, Michael. Congratulations on being named a Heritage Profile winner. We often toil in relative obscurity and it is very nice when someone is recognized and feted. Your work is important and the award reflects that. Thank you for doing all that you do.

Charles Stroh
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Congratulations!  A great honor that is justly deserved!  Thanks for all you do in promoting not just Germans from Russia but preserving the history of North Dakota.

Marie Delizonna
San Jose, California

Well-deserved congratulations, Michael and Dr. Tom Isern! Wonderful news.

Best from OK,
Dr. Eric Schmaltz
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Alve, Oklahoma

Hi Mike,

Just wanted to drop you a note to congratulate you on all the well-deserved recognition you’ve been getting lately for your tireless work on behalf of our German-Russian heritage and history. It’s wonderful to see the accolades you’re getting and to know that your hard work is appreciated and recognized!

Best regards,

Jerry Klein
Dana Point, California

Congratulations, Michael.  Well-deserved recognition that this has been, and continues to be, your life's work.

Marv Weiss
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Hearty congratulations, Michael, on this much deserved honor.  We too, very much appreciate your thorough and timely contribution to our personal history and the ND archives.

Karen and Roger Reede
Paynesville, Minnesota

Congratulations, Michael!  A well deserved award!

Leo Sitter
Scottsdale, Arizona

Congratulations, Michael, we are so proud of you.

Elvire Necker-Eberhardt
Calgary, Alberta

A Hearty Congratulations to Michael and Tom.  An honor and award very well deserved.  We in the upper midwest are very well served by both of you.
Thank you for all you do for us Germans From Russia. 
Julie (Eszlinger) Jenson

My most sincere congratulations for a well-deserved recognition and honor,

Arthur E. Flegel
Menlo Park, California

Wow, Michael! Congratulations on this award. Well deserved. Best regards,

Maria Tuchscherer

Congratulations Michael. No one is done more for preserving our GR culture.

Rev. DarEll T. Weist
Pasadena, California

Congratulations on your award from the State Historical Society of North Dakota, a well-deserved honor.
Velma Jesser, Ph.D.
Las Cruces, NM USA

Such wonderful news. Awards well deserved. Nice to know you also appreciated by folks outside our German-Russian community.

Carol Just
St. Louis Park, Minnesota


The honor is well deserved by both yourself and Tom Isern. Congratulations to you both!

Dr. Homer Rudolf
Richmond, Virginia

I thought this should go out to our Germans from Russia Heritage Society's Kutschurgan Regional Interest Group subscribers. Michael does so much for our heritage and we need to congratulate him.
Well deserved Michael, thank you for all you do for our Germans from Russia heritage.

Mary (Jaeger) Marando
Crown Point, Indiana

Congratulations, Michael ---most deserving.

Selma (Job) Lapp
Eureka, South Dakota


Congratulations! Another great and well-deserved honor. Jill and I wish you all the best.

Allyn and Jill Brosz
Washington, D.C.


Congratulations on receiving the State Historical Society of North Dakota 2010 Heritage Profile Honor Award.   You are most deserving.

Sharold A. Hipfner
Fargo, North Dakota

I'm so proud of you Michael.  I'm sure your parents are smiling down on you. This is so well earned, you've done so much for all of our German people that came from Russia, through so many struggles, sacrificing and suffering. Your legacy will live forever! God bless you.  Hugs, California Margie

Marge Jergenetz Stout
Livermore, California

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