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Thesing, Ulland named La Crescent Community All-Stars

February 1, 2019 GMT

The 18th annual La Crescent Super Community Event sponsored by the Lions and Rotary clubs was held on Sunday, Jan. 27, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. More than 100 guests gathered for a meal and program which included honoring two new All Stars, Don Thesing and Paul Ulland.

Curt Grunwald and Steve Mau, honorees in 2018, provided the introductions for this year’s award recipients.

Don Thesing grew up in La Crescent and now lives on his grandparents’ farm with his wife Judy and several horses. He has worked with the Gundersen Global Partners Project at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to build wheelchair ramps and a house, and he arranged for used computers from Western Technical College to be available for youth on the reservation. Don helped to establish the La Crescent Historical Society, procure a building, and enhance the facility for public tours. He plans to do recorded interviews of people in the area to share with those who are interested in family history and genealogy.


Paul Ulland came to the area in 1971 to work as an engineer for Trane Company. He has been active at Prince of Peace as a member of church council, the long range planning and endowment committees, and choir. As a 45-year member of Lions Club, he served as president, received the Melvin Jones Award, and participated in many projects: the Applefest Pancake Breakfasts, Fish Boils, tree planting, and Old Hickory Park Project. He served on the La Crescent Community Foundation and District 300 Foundation, was recognized as a Friend of Education, and is on the Wall of Excellence at La Crescent HIgh School. He has joined with other key individuals to build a highly respected robotics program that is assisting students on both sides of the river to become involved in science, technology, and engineering careers.