It's something we believe hasn't happened since the 1960's. But it did this week at the Minnesota State Fair!
A senior from Anoka County captured the state title at the fairgrounds on Thursday morning. Each year, a man and woman representing each county in the state compete to become a "Minnesota Outstanding Senior Citizen." This year's male winner is Al Sannerud of Ham Lake, a longtime volunteer who was instrumental in helping start the non-profit Bikes for Kids, an organization that refurbishes old bikes for those in need. As you can imagine, winning the state award was an emotional experience for Al.
"I cried, I couldn't believe it. Yes I'm the leader but it's only because we have a bunch of (about 30-35) volunteers that work in the operation every month and they are committed to serve other people just as my mission in life is to serve those in need."
In addition to a plaque, Al received a $1,000 donation to Bikes for Kids for being the male state winner.
Judy Peterson of Itasca County won the state award for outstanding female senior citizen.