Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede presented his annual Mayor’s Medal of Honor Awards during a luncheon on Wednesday.

The awards program, which was launched in the 1980s by former Mayor Chuck Hazama, singles out Rochester area residents and organizations for their contributions to the community. 14 individuals and organizations were honored this year.

The Mayor’s Award went to Regina Mustafa. In recent years, she has become well known as an unofficial spokesperson for Rochester’s Muslim community after founding the Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam. She is also is the host of the Faith Talk Show and was recently appointed to the Rochester Ethical Practices Board.
The other Mayor’s Medal of Honor recipients are listed below:

City Service - Lisa Weber
Services to the Elderly - Karen Hanson
Youth in Community - Christie Greason
Industry - Andy and Kari Friedrichs
Heroism - Tom Owens
Diversity Award - Valerie Guimaraes
Artistic/Cultural Achievement - Cassandra Buck
Communitywide Service - Miguel Valdez Soto
Services to Those With Disabilities - Charlie Applequist
Human Services - Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi Heights
Schools/Education or Educator - Rob Scripture
Legacy- Chuck Sibley