Cited for his "incredibly deep commitment to both community service and nonprofit service in our region," former Minnesota Power CEO Arend "Sandy" Sandbulte was honored with the Generosity Award on Monday during an annual awards program sponsored by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Additionally, the Head of the Lakes United Way's Emerging Leaders Board Training was honored for civic engagement and the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop was honored for inclusiveness for its work at the Minnesota Correctional Institute in Moose Lake. The honors were given during the 25th annual Touchstone Award luncheon, which took place at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center's Harbor Side Ballroom.

Although awards have been bestowed for 25 years, this was only the second year for the generosity award, according information from the foundation.

The program noted that Sandbulte has served as board chair for many organizations, including St. Luke's, the United Way, the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, the College of St. Scholastica, Iowa State University Foundation, Lake Superior Center, city of Duluth task force on retirement. He also served on the board and investment committee of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

The United Way's Emerging Leaders program has provided "an exciting opportunity for young professionals to leverage their leadership skills through volunteerism," according to the event program.

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The writing workshop at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Moose Lake was the first creative writing class most of the students had taken, according to the program. It said the students showed dramatic improvement in their writing and had "profound effects on their emotional well-being, opened them up to empathy and encouraged self-discipline and self-respect."