East Grand Forks city alderman Henry Tweten wins Havig awarddoesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon. Tweten, a current East Grand Forks city alderman, was given this year’s Henry Havig Award for Community Service at the local Chamber’s annual meeting and dinner Thursday night at the Alerus Center.
By: John Hageman, Grand Forks Herald
Henry Tweten has spent much of his life giving back to the community.
And on Thursday, he let everyone know he doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon.
Tweten, a current East Grand Forks city alderman, was given this year’s Henry Havig Award for Community Service at the local Chamber’s annual meeting and dinner Thursday night at the Alerus Center.
“I feel that we have a wonderful community,” he told the crowd. “I came back from World War II with a certain likeness to serve people.”
Tweten is the 38th recipient of the 2014 Henry Havig award, the most prestigious award to an individual given each year by the Chamber of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Judi Paukert was last year’s winner.
Tweten was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he received in battle during World War II, were he served in the Army, as well as the Silver Star medal for gallantry.
Upon returning, Tweten studied law at UND and started his own firm in 1951, where he practiced law for more than 60 years, according to a press release from the Chamber. During that time, he became involved in politics, and eventually became chairman of the DFL’s 7th Congressional District.
One of his accomplishments was recruiting Bob Bergland to run for Congress, where he served in the 1970s and then became the Secretary of Agriculture.
“I don’t think the Democrats in the 7th District were ever as organized as when Henry Tweten was in charge,” current Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., told the Herald in 2012. “He made sure everything was under control.”
Tweten was also head of the Minnesota State Board of Higher Education and “was critically instrumental in the establishment of the Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks,” according to the press release.
Tweten has been on the East Grand Forks City Council for 18 years, once for a stint in the 1960s and again starting in 2000.
Tweten has also been a strong supporter of the Chamber.
During his retirement, Henry has spent time at his son’s business, TNT Outfitters. He also has been a member of the East Grand Forks Boosters, Our Saviors Lutheran Church, East Grand Forks Blue Line Club and the Home Run Club.
“Henry is one of those guys who have to stay busy,” former state legislator Bernie Lieder told the Herald in 2012.
Tweten said he’s optimistic for the future.
“We’ve worked together,” he said. “When people work together, good things happen.”