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    Congratulating Michael Duehr

    by Former Representative Bruce L. Braley

    Posted on 2013-01-02

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    BRALEY of iowa in the house of representatives Thursday, January 3, 2013 Mr. BRALEY of Iowa. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate my friend Michael Duehr on being named the First Citizen of the Year by the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. Mike is being recognized by the newspaper for his work in helping children. Mike has dedicated his personal and free time towards students and the youth in Dubuque.



    Mike has devoted much of his volunteer service through his Fraternal Order of the Eagles organization. However, Mike felt that he needed to do more to give back to the community. He founded the ``Eyes on the Future'' program which engages students in service projects that assist children and the needy. Mike's program has created valuable opportunities for future volunteers. Mike and I are both actively involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Last August, Mike's Fraternal Order of the Eagles organization raised money for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in Dubuque.

    Mike is another example of a leader who has worked tirelessly to make his community a better place to live. He has done this work quietly and without a need for public recognition. I'm happy that Mike is now getting the accolades that he deserves. I'm proud to call Mike my constituent and my friend. I congratulate him on receiving the 43rd annual Telegraph Herald First Citizen award. I wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.

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