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Teresa Knutson Award

Each year, The SHRM Minnesota State Council recognizes an individual council member who has made a significant contribution to the profession, the council, and/or the community. The recipient of this award should be:

    • A current state council member, or a state council member who served during the previous council year;
    • A member who has made a positive impact on the Human Resource profession, the State Council, and/or their own community;
    • An individual who demonstrates effortless leadership skills;
    • Someone whose enthusiasm is contagious;
    • Someone with a flair for bringing people together, who possesses a natural, genuine warmth, and;
    • One who unpretentiously exudes style and charisma

This award has been dedicated to the memory of Teresa Knutson, who was an active member of the State Council until she passed away in 2008.

Teresa A. Knutson
Dec. 7, 1967 — Jan. 31, 2008
Rushford, Minnesota — age 40, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at her home due to a recently diagnosed heart condition.

Teresa Ann Benson was born Dec. 7, 1967, in Winona. She was raised in Rushford and graduated from Rushford High School in 1986. Teresa was a graduate of Winona State University. On April 29, 1989, she married Roger Knutson in Rushford. Teresa worked as a human resource manager at 3M for 14 years. During her time at 3M, she lived in Hastings, New Ulm, and Hutchinson, Minnesota, and Osceola and Bloomer, Wisconsin. In 2004, Teresa moved to Rushford when she became a human resource manager at Composite Products Inc. in Winona. She enjoyed golfing, scrapbooking, and most of all, spending time with her boys.

Teresa is survived by her husband, Roger; two sons, Nick and Cole Knutson.

Friends and family describe Teresa:

    • She loved her life and family; I will miss her smile and laughter
    • Teresa’s joy was contagious
    • She was so proud of her beautiful sons and wonderful husband
    • Teresa was always so full of life and always brought a good time with her
    • I am so thankful for her wisdom and guidance during the years that we worked together
    • Teresa has always been a true leader
    • Dedicated to the profession and always a friend to those she met
    • A loving mother and wife, smart and hardworking and an all-around great person
    • Teresa will always be remembered for her smile, laughter, and her ability to bring people together

The award recipient will receive a plaque in honor of their achievement(s) and the SHRM Minnesota State Council will make a contribution to the American Heart Association in Teresa’s name on their behalf.

Past recipients of the Teresa Knutson Award are:

2019 - Tiffany Kuehl, SHRM-SCP, PHR

    • 2018 - Christina Hogan
    • 2017 - Josh Rock
    • 2016 - Connie Larson
    • 2015 - Bruce Tyler  
    • 2014 - Linda Besse
    • 2013 - Deb Stachowski
    • 2012 - Larry Bourgerie
    • 2011 - Joyce LeMay
    • 2010 - Sam Parent
    • 2009 - Cliff Tanner
    • 2008 - Sheri Sweere

Nominations should be sent to the State Council Director by September 1st of each year. The award will be presented at the SHRM Annual Minnesota State Conference.

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