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Konz honored as MRLCA Auxiliary Member of the Year

Pam Konz, Adrian, displays the plaque she received after being selected as the Minnesota Rural Letter Carriers’ Association Auxiliary Member of the Year at the MRLCA convention earlier this week in Mankato. (Submitted photo)

ADRIAN — Southwest Minnesota was well represented when it came to handing out honors at the Minnesota Rural Letter Carrier’s Association convention earlier this week in Mankato.

In addition to Jim Obermoller’s selection as the MRLCA’s Member of the Year, Pam Konz of rural Adrian was honored as the association’s Auxiliary Member of the Year. Konz’s husband, Mike, has been a rural letter carrier in the Adrian and Lismore area since 1981. He worked as a substitute carrier for 10 years before becoming full-time.

During the past 31 years, Pam Konz has supported her husband and his career by accompanying him to state and national association meetings. It was while at a national meeting that she joined in a session for auxiliary members (spouses of the carriers) and decided to become involved in the association.

The award she received earlier this week is in recognition for “going above and beyond” by attending meetings, helping to plan the association picnic and assisting with convention details.

“The auxiliary supports the mail carriers and their craft,” she said. “If they need to do letter writing campaigns and support them in the job, they do.

“I feel it’s important for spouses to support each other,” she added. “I do volunteer quite often in other capacities — that’s who I am.”

Konz said she was surprised by the honor, explaining that auxiliary members make nominations for the award and the board votes on the recipient each year.

“Since I was nominated, I wasn’t part of the decision-making process,” said Konz, who has served as secretary and later, president, of the MRLCA Auxiliary.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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