Fishbowl Agency and Jennie Carlstrom honored as business and volunteer of the year, respectively
Becky Strabel | Staff writer
SIREN – The Siren Chamber recognized its citizen, business and volunteer of the year with plaques at its annual banquet.
Special honors were given to businesses and organizations that were celebrating milestone anniversaries.
The event took place at Kris’ Pheasant Inn with around 80 in attendance on the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 19.
Citizen of the Year is awarded for significant community service over a period of time and the recipient must be a Siren area resident.
Citizen of the Year
The 2017 winner, Dair Stewart, has lived his entire life in Siren, owning several businesses including a TV repair shop, a bowling alley, a small engine sales and service shop and a liquor and bait store. During the 1960s and 1970s, he served on the Siren Village Board and worked to get sewer and water to the village. Stewart was the fire chief in the 1970s and raised funds to modernize and expand the department. In 1976, he experienced his most challenging achievement, but also the one he is proudest of, as he helped create the first countywide ambulance service in Burnett County.
Even with all of his work, he was able to enjoy the outdoors and was a charter member of the Overland Trails Snowmobile Club and a trail boss who helped get trails in place. The 2017 award winner has been an important part of the development of Siren as we know it today.
Business of the Year
The Business of the Year award goes to an entity that provides significant community service and is a chamber business member.
Siren Fishbowl Agency, and owners Rick and Jacky Anderson, have devoted many years of service to Siren both personally and through their business. Siren High School graduates who married in 1978, Jacky started work at Siren Fishbowl Agency in 1986 with Rick following in 1987. They purchased the agency in January of 1988. The business expanded to Webster and Minong. They worked tirelessly to help assist all of their Siren family and friends in the aftermath of the June 2001 tornado. The Andersons have been involved in the community through chamber events and school functions, and they have donated to a multitude of fundraisers and benefits. Rick is a former village board member and currently on the county board.
Volunteer of the Year
Volunteer of the Year is an award earned for substantial volunteer service.
Jennie Carlstrom has been a supporter of the women’s softball program and the Siren Ball Park, serving as their secretary and a board member. She also filled significant roles during the annual Siren royalty pageant, including stepping up to be co-chair this year. Her input into the Siren royalty program will continue to shape its success into the future. Also, this past spring, as the chamber had lost its resource for the St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Lilac competition, she volunteered to support the activity, finding additional resources and ensuring that the tradition continued. An avid photographer, this year’s award winner volunteers to take photos at various events including the Fourth of July street dance, queen’s tea and many other special occasions as requested. She is appreciated for her help on these and all her other volunteer activities!
Acorn Pantry, owned by Jake and Holly Mangelsen, 10 years.
Siren Fishbowl Agency, owned by Rick and Jacky Anderson, 30 years and recognized as 2017 Business of the Year. Family and friends attended the chamber dinner.