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Citizen of The Year Named at Bully Bullhead Weekend

By Staff | Jul 11, 2017

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR-- Every year at Bully Bullhead Weekend, a citizen is nominated for his or her contributions to the community of Ruthven. This year’s recipient was Jon Jospehson, was honored by the Lost Island-Ruthven Betterment Association. Last year’s recipient, Roger Krieg, presented Josephson with the award. Josephson is the high school principal in Ruthven. Josephson and his wife, Kelly, have two children Nick and Lauren. --Photo by Anesa McGregor

RUTHVEN – The citizens of Ruthven celebrated the 25th annual Bully Bullhead Weekend over the past weekend.

Every year on the opening night of Bully Bullhead Weekend, a citizen who has been involved in the community, has contributed to the community and provided outstanding service in the many years he or she has lived in Ruthven, is honored by the Lost Island-Ruthven Betterment Association as the “Citizen of the Year.”

Last year’s Citizen of the Year, Roger Kreig, had the honor of passing on the title to Jon Josephson on opening day of Bully Bullhead Weekend on Friday, July 7. According to Kreig, Josephson has been a member of the community for many years serving as high school teacher, serving currently as the President of the Lost Island-Ruthven Betterment Association and was appointed High School Principal several years ago

“I can remember the first time I saw Jon; it was at the Thunderbird,” Kreig said.

“He likes to sing and he does have a good voice. Jon is a very good promoter of this area and of the school and spends many hours working for the betterment of the community.”

“There is quite a group of people that have inspired me and I really want to thank everyone for this honor,” Josephson said. “I also need to thank my family. They have been so supportive of me. I’m gone a lot doing things and sometimes I think my wife really likes that when I’m gone. I really want to thank everyone for this honor.”

“I was thinking back this week, it was March 1990. I was living in Des Moines one year out of college and I knew I was not a city boy,” Josephson continued.

“I was looking the paper and I saw and ad for Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School. I said Ruthven Iowa, perfect and it has been. It’s been just perfect. It’s been a great place for my family, a great place for my kids to grow up and I couldn’t imagine doing it in any other place.”

Jon’s wife, Kelly, is a teacher in the Emmetsburg Community School District. They have two children, Nick and Lauren. The Josephson’s live on the north shore of Lost Island Lake in Ruthven.