Although Larry Henseleit doesn’t think he does any more than the rest of the citizens in Tilden, the community believes otherwise.
Henseleit, who was named Tilden’s Outstanding Citizen for 2017, was honored during the parade at Tilden Prairie Days this weekend. Henseleit was first nominated for the award by members in the community and then selected for his commitment and service to the Tilden Community.
“Tilden is my hometown and I want to help people out and keep the community growing and do whatever I can to make things be successful,” Henseleit said.
Henseleit, who is heavily involved in the basketball community in Tilden, SIAD it was his two daughters, Jamie and Lisa, who first got him started. He didn’t just want to teach them the fundamentals of the game, but also how to treat other people and how to respect and love the game. Though his daughters are now out of high school, Henseleit continues to make an impact through coaching in the community.
“One of my more enjoyable experiences is working with the kids in club ball and trying to get them started and guided down the right track and road,” said Henseleit. “The success we have had here with our sports makes me very happy with what has happened here throughout the years.”
Along with being involved with basketball, Henseleit is also involved in scooping sidewalks in the winter for the elderly, offering kids jobs in the summertime and helping in the community wherever it is needed. But one of his main contributions to the Tilden community is helping run Ribfest.
“It’s very rewarding to see the success that we have had with our Ribfest here – the weekend that we have it, the turnout we get and the community support,” said Henseleit.
Henseleit, who has been a lifelong citizen of Tilden, doesn’t serve the community to be recognized. He does it for the betterment of Tilden.
“I just do it because I want to see things continue in the right way of keeping things going and making things a success and helping out the community and helping people,” said Henseleit.
Whether it is on the basketball court, or in the community Larry Henseleit has unselfishly devoted his time energy toward the community of Tilden.
A great weekend at Tilden Prairie Days came to an end on Sunday with a few final great events.
The Kids Pedal Pull highlighted the day on Sunday, with many young children putting their muscles to work in the sanctioned event. The Lecture and Trunk Show followed at the library and the John Petersen concert wrapped up the weekend on Sunday evening.
A fan favorite at Tilden Prairie Days returned for another year and certainly did not disappoint.
The 12th annual Drag Your Nag Competition was held on Saturday, July 29th at the high school football field. It was once again a race against the clock as fifteen teams - divided into two age divisions - strategically maneuvered their way through an obstacle course filled with bat spins, slip n’ slides, ski boards, dice rolling, slalom poles, tires, football tosses, barrel jumping through the refreshing water pit, and flags - all while getting hit by flying water balloons. Teams received a second second penalty for dropping their teammate and/or missing an obstacle. The three fastest times received prize money as follows: First place - three times the weight of the person carried in cash, second place - two times the weight of the person carried in cash and third place - the weight of the person carried in cash.
In the 18-31 year old division, Alex Ellison and Amber Sloan were able to edge out Christian Stallbaum and Abigail Colsden by 5.98 seconds with a time of 2:19.93. Christian and Abigail’s time of 2:25.91 was good enough for second place ahead of Russ O’Conner and Jenna McCleary who completed the course in 2:33.81. First place earned $399, second place earned $314 and third place made $132.
In the 33-59 year old division, Gunnar and Sandra Qualset edged out Alan Rutjens and Michaela Grubb by 16.15 seconds with a time of 2:15.63. Alan and Michaela’s time of 2:31.78 was good enough for second place ahead of Derric and Kristi Werner who completed the course in 2:40.72. First place took home $366, second place earned $268 and third place took $148.
Tilden's annual ping pong launch brought youth out in droves on Saturday afternoon to college balls distributed by a former pumpkin chunkin launcher.
The balls were marked with various symbols and were quickly turned in for cold hard cash following the launch, which was for two age groups 3-6 and 7-10, on the baseball field.