KNUJ’s Hometown Hero for the Month of February is Wally Schmiesing of Hanska. Schmiesing has contributed to the local area in numerous ways, including serving on the Lake Hanska Preservation and Improvement Council, helping plan Brown County’s 150th Anniversary, participating in the Blandin Leadership Program, serving on the Region 9 Council and the boards of Bridging Brown County, Brown County REA, Madelia Community Hospital and Luther Memorial Home in Madelia. Schmiesing is also active with his church and the Brown County Farm Bureau, and he and his wife have hosted a total of 13 international students over the years. He was the recipient of the 2012 Bridging Brown County Bridge Builder Award as well. The Hometown Hero recognition is sponsored by KNUJ AM and FM and select Thrivent Financial For Lutherans agents. You can nominate YOUR Hometown Hero at www.knuj.net, or by stopping by the KNUJ and SAM 107.3 studios in New Ulm and Sleepy Eye.