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NLICA elects first woman president

April 23, 2013  By Stefanie Croley

April 23, 2013, Nebraska – The Nebraska Land Improvement Contractors Association (NLICA) members met in Kearney, Neb., on Jan. 17 for their annual convention to elect a new president and new council members, and to award those who previously have served for their years of dedication and excellence to the association.

Norma Lashley made history, becoming the first woman president of the association. Lashley said that during her presidency she plans to increase state membership and expand the educational programs that are designed to give contractors a better understanding of their industry. Lashley gave previous president of the NLICA Jim Wemhoff a past-president pin during her inauguration.

Jim and Reta Bodwell were named Contractor and Mrs. Contractor of the year. The couple’s business, Bodwell Construction Inc., has been a part of the NLICA since 1985.

Tim Haakenstad was given the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Dedicated Service Award for his many years of service to the conservation field. He has been with the NRCS for 33 years and has experience working in many different parts of the agency. The Associate Excellence Award went to DK & B Construction Specialties in recognition of 23 years of helping sponsor and support the NLICA’s conventions.


Dean Rasmussen was presented the Natural Resources District (NDR) Outstanding Leadership Award for his commitment to the field of conservation and years of service to the NDR. The NLICA’s new council members include Ray Clooney as vice-president, Matt Pruss as Area I director and Steve Kriewald as director at large.

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