— Former North Mankato City Administrator Wendell Sande and Janesville Mayor Mark Novak were honored by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities during the coalition’s three-day summer conference last week in Owatonna.
Sande was presented the Bob Filson Award for Distinguished Rural Leadership. The award is given upon retirement to CGMC city managers/administrators who have displayed sound judgment in rural policy matters throughout their careers and made significant contributions to the CGMC.
Sande worked in North Mankato city government for 31 years and retired in the spring.
Novak is the recipient of the Excellence in Service Award, which is given annually to a city leader who demonstrates knowledge, leadership and active participation in CGMC program areas during the past year.
CGMC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing 80 cities outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The coalition educates legislators about issues important to Greater Minnesota.