The Rev. Paul Krueger, Minot, is the 2013 recipient of the Basil O'Connell Community Leadership Award. The Souris Basin Planning Council bestows the award annually upon an individual from the region who has demonstrated exemplary community leadership and service.
"Pastor Paul truly does all he can above and beyond what is even imaginable," says Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman, who nominated Krueger to receive the award. "He has a desire to help all who need and has an extraordinary ability to lead, which has shined through in all the residents who have returned to their homes with the help of Hope Village."
In the aftermath of the 2011 flood, Krueger lead the charge to create Hope Village, a center for distributing relief and rebuilding supplies, and housing and coordinating the efforts of thousands of volunteers from across the nation. Since it opened on May 13, 2012, Hope Village has housed over 3,300 volunteers who have contributed more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service to citizens of Minot.
The Rev. Paul Krueger, center, accepts the Souris Basin Planning Council’s 2013 Basil O-Connell Community Leadership Award from council executive director Lyndsay Ulrickson, left, and council president Margo Helgerson.
To help make the incredible endeavor of Hope Village possible, Krueger coordinated the efforts of countless community organizations and programs. He also worked with the Red Cross efforts before, during and after the flood to house and feed displaced families.
"Pastor Krueger's enthusiasm for this, and the enthusiasm he can bring out in others, is just incredible," says Lyndsay Ulrickson, executive director of the Souris Basin Planning Council. "We are truly grateful to have people like this active in our community."
Krueger has served in pastoral ministry for 26 years, the last 20 years with Our Savior Lutheran Church in Minot. On top of his duties with the church and Hope Village, Pastor Krueger servers as the senior trainer for Tentmaker's Leadership Training, through which he has conducted training with members of over 30 denominations and organizations.