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Bill Eckersen (seated, middle) is this year's recipient of the Morris Human Rights Award. He was honored by the Morris City Council at a meeting last month and received a standing ovation. Eckersen is pictured with members of the Morris Human Rights Commission: From left, seated are commission members Ida Stewart and Christine Gibson. From left, in back, are members Mike Miller, Tom McRoberts and Bert Ahern.

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By Tom Larson

Sun Tribune

Most people who win awards do so by dint of things they've done.

Bill Eckersen is the recipient of the Morris Human Rights Award because of who he is.

Eckersen is the third winner of the award created by the City of Morris' Human Rights Commission, and he received the honor last month.

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