Kurt Mortenson, Lee Rogness, Dan Bucholz, Rick West, Wayne Johnson, Betty Murphy

Rick West, retired Otter Tail County Public Works Director, has won another award for his outstanding work in Otter Tail County. On November 3, 2021, at the Minnesota Transportation Alliance’s (MTA) annual meeting West was honored with the Transportation Advocate Award. This award is given to an individual who is devoted to improving transportation in Minnesota and shows willingness to be a strong advocate for transportation.

“Rick went above and beyond to communicate with local elected officials, state legislators and members of Congress about the importance of adequately funding roads and bridges in Minnesota,” said Margaret Donahoe, Executive Director, MTA. “The members of the Transportation Alliance are pleased to honor Rick and thank him for his years of advocacy and his efforts to make our transportation system safer and more effective.”

At the recent Board of Commissioners’ meeting West was recognized with the MAT award. Commissioners thanked West for his work and congratulated him on yet another honor.

“We are honored by your representation of Otter Tail County and the many awards you have earned,” said Lee Rogness, board chair. “We appreciate being able to share this with you.”

West is Otter Tail County’s longest serving County Engineer and retired in June of 2021 after serving the public for over 30 years. He dedicated his career to planning, sustaining, and improving the infrastructure in Otter Tail County.

“It is a great honor to receive this award. Over my long career I had a lot of help,” West told the commissioners. “I have learned that collaboration will get you to your goals and big projects get accomplished.”