The Petersons, who are both lifelong residents of Aurelia and graduates of Aurelia High School, are the owners of Aurelia Lumber and Maple Valley Hardware, and are actively involved in a variety of community projects.
Commercial Club Vice President Dick Vogt announced the award and presented it to the couple. Bruce Peterson's mother, Marjorie Neulieb, then spoke to the audience, expressing her pride in the couple's achievements and their commitment to the Aurelia community.
An estimated 65 people enjoyed a catered meal prior to the award presntation, and Ann Tell provided the evening's program with a informative slide show and talk about the history of Aurelia.
Past winners of Aurelia's Citizen of the Year include Cindy Krause, the Wharton family, Dennis and Pam Allen, Don and Betty Wieland, Imagene Galvin, Wayne Gaston, Roger Redig, Bill Smith, Jeff Bowen, Randy Nicodemus and Albert Kreutz.