Marsh Halberg received the 2018 George C. Klein Award from the Chaska Rotary Club. This award is given to honor outstanding service to the community, and to people who live the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.” Halberg received the honor at the club’s annual gala and fundraiser on April 21, according to a press release.

Halberg’s connection to Chaska started with his work as assistant county attorney in 1979. He and his wife, JoAnn, remain active residents and public servants. Halberg’s involvement with the Jonathan Association was instrumental in development of the northern Chaska/Jonathan area, using his knowledge of the law to help negotiate land deals for the association, the release stated.

Halberg has also been a frequent chair of the Jonathan Fourth of July Celebration. Halberg’s longtime service for the Jonathan Association earned him naming honors for what is now known as Marsh Halberg Sledding Hill, near the corner of Bavaria and Hundertmark roads.

Halberg has also served as chairman of the Chaska Cable Television Commission, the Chaska Public Arts Commission, Chaska Community Center Building Committee, and Chaska Community Center Theater Committee. Each of these endeavors included countless hours of work, and the rewards are a community that is multi-faceted and vibrant. Halberg has also served as president of the Jonathan Montessori School and was a member of the Chaska Valley Family Theater and Chaska Community Theater as a performer, set builder and curtain puller.

This is the 37th year of the George C. Klein Service Above Self Award. Born in Chaska in 1919, Klein dedicated his life to serving others. He was the third generation of Kleins to work in and serve our community. Cancer claimed his life in 1979, but his memory is a legacy for family and friends. Klein was the 12th president of the Chaska Rotary Club, founded in 1962. The Chaska Rotary Club, in a tribute to his memory, created the award in his name.

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Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.

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