Kansans honored for ‘exceptional’ work in the state


Kansas is honoring and recognizing people who have gone above and beyond for their state, making kansas better, for you.

Improving life, communities and the environment. Something four Kansans are doing everyday.

“The things that they do in life are exemplary” said Henry Schwaller, Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas co-president. “In business, in their personal life, or they’ve just done something amazing that has helped Kansas. And that’s why we’re honoring all four of these tonight.”

The Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas recognizes four exceptional Kansans every year. This year, they honored Dr. Lisa Stehno-Bittel for Business Leader of the Year and Lon Frahm, Humanitarian of the Year.

Former governor Bill Graves is accepting the title of Kansan of the Year, and giving thanks to Topeka.

“Topeka was sort of the beginning of a lot of chapters in our lives,” Graves said. “That have been great chapters. And memories that we will always cherish.”

While Bill Graves helped improve the Kansas economy as governor, one Marysville man is lending a hand, with his manufacturing company.

That man, is Don Landoll. For 55 years, Landoll has owned and operated Landoll Corporation, a manufacturing company in Marysville, Kan. The company makes products for Kansans like trailers, farm equipment and lift trucks. But he said the award is not about him, but about other people.

“I hope that it enstills, and motivates some people that haven’t been honored to continue to grow their businesses in the state of Kansas,” Landoll said.

“It’s about the state that we live in,” Schwaller said. “People doing something good. And giving back to our state.”

Both winners said it’s you they work hard for everyday.

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