Columbia Heights, Minn., Mayor Peterson, left, presents the Humanitarian of the Year award to CNP retiree Howie Haeg at a city council meeting. For more than a half-century, Haeg has volunteered in his community. His contributions in Columbia Heights run the gamut, including chairing the city’s wreath sales that benefit the Boy Scouts, delivering Meals on Wheels, supporting the Adopt-the-Highway clean-up program, and instructing American Heart Association CPR classes and AARP Safe Driving classes. In addition, he has donated more than six-gallons of blood over the years.
Columbia Heights Mayor Peterson said, "Howie was nominated and chosen for his unselfish contribution to the city of Columbia Heights by sharing his time and talents and being a very special role model." Haeg and his wife Betty have two adult children and five grandchildren. While at CenterPoint Energy, Haeg was a service technician in the Home Service Plus department for more than 35 years before retiring in 1992.