Back in October, we got the news that an Owatonna man was named as the USCA (United States Curling Association) Volunteer of the Year. They only award one volunteer throughout the nation, so this is quite the honor. Over the weekend, the Owatonna Curling Club hosted an open house, for two reasons. One, to show off the remodel of the club, phase one is completed, and two, to honor Jeremiah Kasten in his home club.

The remodel looks absolutely amazing. The warm room was completely torn out and redone. There are now windows looking out on the sheets of ice, the whole length of the club. This was completed before the latest curling season through generous donations from individuals, businesses, as well as a $9,800 grant from the Owatonna Foundation. They were there on Saturday evening to see the upgrades as well.

Owatonna Foundation with Curling Club members Melissa Hall/Townsquare Media

In addition to the visit from the Owatonna Foundation, there were a couple of other guests, Jeff Annis and Steve O'Keefe, representatives from the United State Curling Association. They were there to present Jeremiah Kasten with his awards for being named the Volunteer of the Year, Annis is the Minnesota Representative for the USCA and O'Keefe is on the National Board.

Surrounded by his family and friends, including Owatonna Curling Club Board President Ryan Claussen, Kasten was given his recognition, and was thanked again for all he does for the curling club.

Ryan Claussen and Jeremiah Kasten Melissa Hall/Townsquare Media
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Jeremiah Kasten with Jeff Annis and Steve O'Keefe Melissa Hall/Townsquare Media
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