Monana’s Attorney General, Steve Bullock, was scheduled to do this a while back but unexpected emergencies delayed the awards. The awards? Yeah, for “Outstanding Mentor of the Year,” a new recognition created just this year “as a way to recognize outstanding individuals who have made a positive difference in the lives of children.”

At a ceremony today at the Russell Elementary School Library, he honored Missoula’s own Del Key, who joined Butte college student Cory Sonnemann in being the first two Montanans to receive the new award. I guess the award-givers couldn’t decide between the two, and so had to award them both.

Key, who is retired, is well-known at Russell, where he has been an after-school volunteer for several years.

Congrats to both, and special congratulations to the kids who are lucky enough to have these mentors in their lives!

– MM