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Jean Ritzschke recognized for paying it forward

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MORRIS – A 4-H volunteer, daycare mom and cancer survivor is the most recent community member recognized by Pay it Forward Stevens County.

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Jean Ritzschke was nominated for this award by Ivy Rose Kosbob, who praised Ritzschke’s work with kids in the community.

“Jeanie loves kids! She donates time to many things that help kids out. She is a mom, grandma, a cancer survivor, 4-H leader, a horse rider and the best daycare mom ever!,” Kosbob wrote in her nomination letter.

“Jean also volunteers her time for the Miss Morris Area and Miss Midwest Scholarship Committee,” the letter continued. “She is treasurer of the Trailblazers 4-H Club along with being a project leader. She has initiated and run the Ride for a Cure and the Buck Off Cancer Carnival and Game Show.

“In the summer Jean organizes horseback riding for the 4-H kids once a week to get together and have fun. Jean has shown her community pride by helping at the Courage Cottage 5K, by participating in the pet parade at the nursing home, and working at the 4-H food stand. I think Jeanie deserves this award!”

The award was presented to Ritzschke at a 4-H event at the Stevens County Fairgrounds on Friday, July 18 2014.

Pay it Forward Stevens County is a program designed to reward individuals who make life better for other people in our community.

Pay it Forward Stevens County is sponsored by Morris Pizza Ranch, Morris Sun Tribune, Bank of the West, West Central Screen and Print, the Regional Fitness Center, Superior Industries and Hancock Concrete, Stevens Community Medical Center, KMRS/KKOK Radio Stations and Sonia’s Hair Clinic.

Nominations can be dropped off at any of the participating businesses. The committee will meet once per month to pick one person who best exemplifies paying it forward.

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Kim Ukura
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for both business and public affairs reporting. 
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