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State pork group announces awards

SIOUX FALLS -- The South Dakota Pork Producers Council will recognize individuals, organizations and businesses for their dedication to the pork industry on Jan. 10 during the annual Pork Congress at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel & Exhibit Hall.

Jim Anderson, of Dell Rapids, will receive the Dedicated and Distinguished Service award for his years of service and dedication to the pork industry.

Ken & Lynn Wintersteen, owners of the Menno Livestock Auction, will be honored with the 2012 Friends of the Industry Award.

KWAT Farm Director Jody Heemstra will receive the 2012 Media Award. Bros Brasserie Americano, of Sioux Falls, will receive the Restaurant of the Year award. Caitlyn Brandt and Adam Krause, both of Clear Lake, will each receive a $500 scholarship. Ray and Pam Epp Farms, of Mission Hill, will be named the 2012 Pork Environmental Steward.