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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie Announces National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award Recipients
ST. PAUL, Minn.—July 18, 2012—Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today announced the names of the four Minnesotans who will receive a 2012 National Secretaries of State Medallion Award for their work with the Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program. This year Secretary of State Ritchie has chosen to present the awards to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Minnesota’s Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program.
“It is my honor to present these awards,” said Secretary of State Ritchie. “There is no doubt that the excellent work that these individuals have done on behalf of Safe at Home participants has improved outcomes and saved lives.”
A NASS Medallion Award is presented by a Secretary of State to recognize extraordinary public service in promoting the goals of NASS in the areas of elections, civic education, service to state government and philanthropy. The 2012 NASS Medallion Award recipients are:
Sue Kendrick and Patti Jo Kewatt were presented their awards on July 18 at the State Office Building, in St. Paul, MN. Melinda Hugdahl will receive her award on July 20 at the Legal Services Partners meeting being held at the William Mitchell School of Law in St. Paul, MN. Susan Anderson’s award will be presented at the Association of Metropolitan Counties meeting at Edinburgh in Brooklyn Park, MN on August 1.
The Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program was established by the legislature almost five years ago to help protect Minnesotans who fear for their safety. This program protects the physical location of program participants so that they can resume their daily routines without the risk of their abusers discovering their actual address. Additional information about the Safe at Home program is available at www.sos.state.mn.us or by calling 651-201-1399 or Toll Free: 1-866-723-3035. ###
Editor's note: Mark Ritchie is Minnesota's 21st Secretary of State. A downloadable press photograph is available at: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4142.
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