2014 AMEM Awards

Steele County was honored with three awards presented during the 2014 Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers (AMEM):

Tom Karnauskas as “Outstanding Volunteer” of the year.  Tom recognized for his many contributions including being President of Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CARE) a coalition of local volunteers and business leaders who help prepare their local community for emergencies.  Tom was also recognized for his participation in ARES, RACES, and SKYWARN.

Dave Purscell received the Joe Strub Memorial Award on behalf of Steele County Skywarn.  The Joe Strub Memorial Award is awarded annually to an individual or group that has contributed most to the mission requirements of the National Weather Service in protecting the citizens from the damaging effects of severe weather.

Mike Johnson, Steele County Emergency Manager received the AMEM Meritorious Service award for his contributions over the past year to AMEM.


(L-R) Tom Karnauskas, Dave Purscell,

Brenda Wodele (AMEM President), Mike Johnson