SARTELL - Over 100 Sartell business leaders and citizens came to honor the Sartell citizen, senior volunteer and business of the year last week.

The citizen of the year was awarded to Joe Schulte, the retired volunteer of the year award was given to Jim Wasdyke and Sartell Pediatrics was presented the business of the year award.

Schulte is seen as a "go to" volunteer on many community projects, including the Sartell Farmer's Market, Pinecone Central Park and the Mill Art project. Schulte is involved with the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, parish and school. He also worked with city staff to ensure Verso Paper Mill materials were saved to serve as lasting memorials for the city.

Wasdyke organizes and leads many activities for Sartell Senior Connection. He organizes a group of fellow retirees to perform music throughout the area, including area senior living communities. Wasdyke participates in the Granite City Radio Club, teaches painting and music at the Whitney Senior Center and also provides transportation for handicapped to music sessions.

Sartell Pediatrics was opened by Dr. David Smith and Jill Smith in 2012. It is the only independent pediatric practice in Central Minnesota. Their focus on children has led them to partner with numerous charities and organizations. Their popular Halloween candy buy-back has also been a huge success to steer kids to healthier choices.

Other businesses nominated for the award were BLEND/CentraCare, Pinecone Vision Center, 360 Chiropractic, The Blue Line Sports Bar and Grill, Coborns, State Farm, Kristen Stebbins Agency and the Bernick's Arena Board.

The banquet also raised $2000 to go towards four scholarships that will be given to graduating Sartell seniors.

Senior volunteer of the year Jim Wasdyke and Jessica Houle (Sartell Chamber of Commerce)
Citizen of the year Joe Schulte and Jessica Houle. (Sartell Chamber of Commerce)