The city sponsors or co-sponsors the following award programs to recognize Minnetonka residents who go above and beyond to make a difference in our community.
The City of Minnetonka’s Reflections Award recognizes individuals, businesses and programs whose outstanding contributions reflect positively on Minnetonka.
The Reflections Award – modeled and named after the Minnetonka Community Center’s “reflections” sculpture – is typically presented every other year to one or more deserving nominees.
Reflections Award winners
- 2017: Ron Kamps, ICA Foodshelf
- 2015: Brian Kuhnly, Cub Foods
- 2013: Randall, Elizabeth and Jessica Neal
- 2011: Judy Elling, ResourceWest; Cathy Maes, ICA Foodshelf; Jean McSwiggen, Minnetonka Senior Center exercise leader; Ruth Stricker, The Marsh
- 2009: Jerry Greene, Evergreene Jewlers
- 2007: David Hakensen and Kathie Lee, co-chairs, City of Minnetonka 50th anniversary volunteer committee
- 2005: Kari Hoyt, We Can Ride Inc.; Michael Kelly and Ruth Kloser, Great Harvest Bread Co.
- 2003: John Kokesh, ICA Foodshelf volunteer, Glen Lake Optimists Club
- 2001: Jon Tollefson, Hopkins High School student
- 1999: Jane Christensen, Gatewood Elementary School volunteer; Nancy Scheibe, The Depot Coffee House
- 1997: Dr. Ron Axel, community volunteer; Leo and Bev Gibbs, Minnetonka Senior Services volunteers; Roger Hoel, Music Association of Minnetonka; Ruthanne Schlee; Minnetonka Senior Services volunteer
The Caring Youth Award is presented annually to deserving young people who care for others through volunteering or other activities. The award is sponsored by the cities of Minnetonka, Hopkins and Golden Valley, the Hopkins and Minnetonka school districts and the Glen Lake Optimists.
Nominations are typically due in early January, and nominees and winners are recognized at an event in February.
- Be in grades 7–12
- Live or volunteer in Minnetonka, Hopkins or Golden Valley, or attend school in Minnetonka or Hopkins
- Be nominated by the organization they serve