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Kosmans honored with Nebraskaland award
March 21, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Courtesy Photo - Gov. David Heinemen (center) presented the Nebraskaland Award to Hod and Willa Kosman during the annual Nebraska Statehood Day Dinner in Lincoln.

In a telephone interview with the Citizen on Monday afternoon, Gov. David Heineman said community leaders Hod and Willa Kosman were excellent choices for this year’s annual Nebraskaland Award.
Each year, the Nebraskaland Foundation recognizes three Nebraskans for their contributions to the state. The awards are presented during the Nebraska Statehood Day Dinner at the state capital in Lincoln.

Other award recipients included the Raikes family from Ashland and Fred and Eve Simon of Omaha.
“The foundation is looking for individuals or families who have done something of great significance for the state,” Heineman said. “The Kosmans have done a lot.”

Hod Kosman serves as chairman, president and CEO of Platte Valley Companies, which has been involved in the local financial industry for several generations.

Hod formed Platte River Basin Environments, whose goal is to preserve the area’s wildlife areas for future generations. He’s also served on numerous boards and foundations across the state and has been instrumental in the support of the state’s education centers, including Chadron State College, Western Nebraska Community College and the University of Nebraska.

For the past 12 years, Willa has served as executive director of the historic Midwest Theater in downtown Scottsbluff. Through Friends of the Midwest, she was instrumental in raising funds to revitalize the theater. The Friends group has been recognized with the Governor’s Arts Award for Organizational Achievement.

Willa has also served on the Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees and also helped raise funds for the construction of Centennial Park in Scottsbluff.

“To me, this is a perfect example of an outstanding Nebraska family that richly deserves the title of Distinguished Nebraskalander,” Heineman said.
Gov. Frank Morrison organized the Nebraskaland Foundation in 1962. Its ongoing mission is “to promote Nebraska through programs and awards which celebrate the state’s social, historical, cultural, educational and economic heritage.”
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