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Editorial: Chamber award winners are deserving

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Over the past few weeks, we have highlighted the three big winners of the annual Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce awards.

The business of the year was Valley Automotive Group. They certainly deserve a big pat on the back for all the work they did in 2013. Much of it was visible to passers-by — both of their buildings got high-profile facelifts. They’ve also been busy behind the scenes.

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The educator of the year is Mary Pasch, the sixth-grade language arts teacher at Hastings Middle School. She has taught for 25 years. She was nominated for having an exemplary relationship with her students, their parents and her peers. She was described in her nomination as having a positive spirit, boundless energy and a true commitment to education, and has served on several school committees.

The volunteer of the year is Troy Weathers. You know him if you go to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, have a child who attends SEAS school, have a child on the high school trapshooting team, if you are involved in Rotary, if you are involved at the chamber or if you are involved at Regina Medical Center.

All three of the winners are deserving of the praise. Individually, they help make Hastings a great place to live. Collectively they’re a great example of the benefits of hard work and commitment.

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