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KDWA's Dan and Barb Massman honored by the Archdiocese

When it comes to their Christian faith, Dan and Barb Massman are living it every day. That includes their workplace. They are the owners/managers of Hastings radio station 1460 AM KDWA.

Last week, the St. Paul Minneapolis Archdiocese honored the Massmans (along with nine other businesses/organizations) within the Archdiocese with its Leading with Faith Award.

Each week, the Massmans donate air time for the broadcast of area worship services for those who cannot attend them. Both are active volunteers at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

Barb's handiwork is well-known through the community. A gifted quilt maker, she has made a number of them, which she then donates for the benefit of Seton Church and School.

Hastings resident and a good friend of the Massmans, Mo McNeary, nominated them for the recognition.

"The awards are presented to those individuals in the community who, through their business, reflect the principles of Jesus Christ and the church," she said. "It also recognizes those who bring their faith to the workplace. Dan and Barb are very involved in the community.

They donate the air time for the Masses, the church services of Our Saviour's, and First Presbyterian. They also provide online services and they have been doing it for many years.

"And they do because it is the right thing to do," said McNeary. "It's a beautiful ministry."

McNeary noted that when her husband, Terry Sieben, was deployed earlier this year, he wanted to stay connected to his church and the radio station provided that connection. Each day it offers a rosary at 6 a.m.

With the visible location of the radio station on Vermillion Street, some people have come in asking where they can obtain assistance. Both Massmans, with their ties to community organizations, have offered directions, contacts to Hastings Family Service and the United Way of Hastings. For years, the radio station has been a partner with Project Share, which reaches out to people at the holidays.

"They are so well-rounded," said McNeary.

Dan Massman was very humbled by the recognition.

"We just do it because it's the right thing to do," he said. "We not only broadcast the SEAS service but also Our Saviour's, First Presbyterian and UCC (in Prescott)," he said. "I think when you are a Christian, it really doesn't matter the denomination ... it's really the same God and we should all do what we can to promote and spread the word."