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Adian Rakow wins statewide award from Women of Today

Adian Rakow of Morris (center in blue) was presented with the Oustanding Person with Developmental Challenges award by the Minnesota Women of Today. Rakow is pictured with (left to right) Kelly Nielsen, Andrea Singleton, Jone Anderson, Tammy Marquart, and Kellie Hentges.

MORRIS – On Saturday, Jan. 25, Aidan Rakow of Morris was presented with the Outstanding Person with Developmental Challenges award at the Minnesota Women of Today winter convention in St. Louis Park.

The award is given away annually to an individual with developmental challenges who show leadership abilities, are involved in their local communities, and possess the ability to initiate ideas and innovations for new and exciting projects and programs.

Andrea Singleton, president of the Morris Area Women of Today and Women of Today member Shellie Lemmerman worked on the paperwork to nominate Rakow.

Present at the ceremony were Rakow’s parents, Rob and Sally, along with her brother, Ethan and his girlfriend, Jessica Tarnowski. Following the reception was a catered dinner with all of the Women of Today and a special slideshow presentation with pictures of Rakow and a reading about her accomplishments and work.

“The Morris Area Chapter is very proud to have Aidan in our group and our community,” said Singleton. “She has been through so much, including surviving cancer, and always maintains a positive attitude and outlook in life. Her smiles and cheery disposition inspire us all to be kinder and more helpful to others around us. Aidan’s family are very supportive of her and were very proud of her winning this award as well.”

The Morris Area Women of Today were presented with several other awards including second place in SUCCESS system; first place in population division for SUCCESS; Fired Up DPM award to Ways and Means program manager Melissa Whittemore; third place in Effective Writing Contest to member Kelly Nielsen; and presidential pins to members Tammy Marquart, Kelly Nielsen, and Kellie Hentges.

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