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Harlan Place Receives Rotary’s Annual Award of Merit

By Staff | Jun 2, 2011

Harlan Place of Emmetsburg is recipient of the recipient of the Business and Industry Award of Merit presented by Emmetsburg Rotary Club. Rotarian Gene Englin (left) presented the award this week. --Dan McCain photo

Harlan Place was honored by Emmetsburg Rotary Club this week. He was presented with the Business and Industry Award of Merit.

The annual Rotary Award is presented to those who exhibit outstanding service for the betterment of Emmetsburg. Harlan Place has been dedicated to community.

Harlan was born and raised in Emmetsburg, where his parents farmed. When World War II began, he left for officer training and served as a navigator and member of the 722nd Squadron and the 450th Bomb Group while serving in Italy.

Harlan and Dorothy were married July 19, 1944, in Emmetsburg. After the war, Harlan’s parents retired to Emmetsburg and Harlan and Dorothy moved onto the Place family farmed. They farmed for 35 years and raised their family of five children.

Through the years, Harlan was busy in the family farming enterprise until retirement. He volunteered for a number of community organizations. He is a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church and has served on various committees. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge and active at Sportsman’s Park, enjoying trap shooting. Harlan had been a member of the Draft Board and volunteered with the township voting precincts.

Harlan has been a member of the Emmetsburg Rotary Club since 1982 and he served as president in 1984.

In 2006 Harlan made a contribution to Palo Alto County Hospital in honor of his late wife, Dorothy. The $100,000 donation was a catalyst for community donations and helped the hospital in their fundraising efforts for the remodel and construction that was completed in 2010.