Minot State University’s highest honor is being bestowed on four individuals, including Williston Mayor Howard Klug.
The Golden Award, the highest award given by the MSU Alumni Association, is given based on an individual's outstanding service to the University or the Alumni Association, as well as distinguished leadership in the recipient's career or community.
The first award was presented in 1967 to D. Archie Peterson, and more than 80 individuals have been recognized since that time. Klug, along with alumni Jay Altringer, Don Hummel and Chuck Kramer, will be recognized at the 51st anniversary dinner on Sept. 20 in the Student Center at MSU.
Klug is a 1980 graduate of MSU, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in education with a minor in business. During his time at MSU, he earned a letterman's certificate in football, and was named Forrest E. Clyde Sigma Tau Gamma "Man of the Year" for 1977-78. Klug returned to Williston after graduation, where he co-owned and managed the El Rancho Hotel for 30 years.
Klug has been active in the Williston community in several different capacities, as former president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as serving as a board member for organizations such as the Upper Missouri Valley Fair, the Cemetery Board, the Williston Economic Development Board, The Regional Economic Development Board and the STAR Fund board.
Klug also volunteers regularly in the area, offering his time to Meals on Wheels and the Williston Senior Center, where he has also served as board president.
Klug was elected to the Williston City Commission in 2010, and in 2014 was elected as President of the Williston City Commission. Now in his second term, Klug continues to serve the community, often praising the city and its workers for their work in enhancing the quality of life in Williston. A regular attendee and speaker at events around Williston, Klug has lauded city leaders, business owners and state leaders for their continued support of the Williston community and their commitment to its residents.
At an event in June, Klug described Williston as "The best city in North Dakota, and the hub of the Upper Midwest."
Klug will be presented with MSU's Golden Award on Sept. 20th at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $30 per person and available by calling the Alumni Office at 701-858-3234.