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Dakota Electric Association recently awarded David Nicolai, Castle Rock Township supervisor, the 2022 Outstanding Township Leader of the Year award. Each year, Dakota Electric seeks to recognize outstanding rural leadership with the award. Dakota Electric board director Bill Middlecamp recently attended the Dakota County Township Officers’ Association meeting to present the award to Nicolai.

“I was shell shocked,” Nicolai said. “I was very appreciative.”

Nicolai has served on the Castle Rock Township Board and Planning Commission for 26 years. He was also elected to the Minnesota Association of Board of Township Officers, serves as a member of the Dakota County Agriculture Society, Minnesota Official Record Keeping Association and Dakota City Heritage Village. He has been on the Farmington Rotary and the Farmington Lions for many years.

Nicolai is vice president of Castle Rock Bank.

“We are grateful for David’s many years of dedicated service to Castle Rock Township,” said Middlecamp as he presented the award. “He has been an outstanding leader, serving the community in a number of different capacities over the years.”

Along with the award, Nicolai could designate a $250 donation on his behalf, which he directed to the Dakota County Sheriff’s Department.

“People who serve the local townships are very dedicated to their communities,” Peggy Johnson, Dakota Electric’s community relations director, said. “As a member-owned cooperative, Dakota Electric is pleased to help recognize people like David who do outstanding work.”

man in front of township hall