Sal & Francesca LoBaido Volunteer Service Award

The Sal  & Francesca (Corky) LoBaido Volunteer Service Award is presented to individuals who have shown a long-term commitment and dedication to the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.  Their volunteerism and achievements have truly contributed to the ongoing success of the Carnival, and they have set an example for others to follow. They have not only given of themselves to the Winter Carnival, but have also made an impact through their volunteerism in their own communities.  Nominations are received in the summer/fall. The selection process is conducted by a committee representing a variety of Winter Carnival roles, offices, and volunteers. Using a defined set of judging criteria, each nominee is considered, and a vote is conducted.

The Star of Boreas in conjunction with the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, the proud producers of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, were thrilled in 2019 to honor…

Steve Cortinas

Steve was born in 1950 in Menard, Texas and has lived and worked in Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, South Dakota twice, Alabama, and finished his working career in Minnesota. He met his wife, Joy, in Texas and they have been together for forty years. She is his “yellow rose of Texas.”  They have three sons, and five grandchildren. Steve worked for and retired from Dakota Premium Foods, which sponsored many candidates for neighboring festivals. Steve was a member of the South St. Paul Chamber of Commerce and SSP/Inver Grove Heights Rotary Club, which carried out many local community improvement programs, and he is a “Paul Harris” fellow. He has volunteered on many local committees including restorative justice program, which mentored prisoners for release into society after their time was served. He started a “hire veterans” program along with probation released inmates who were having trouble finding employment. He also assisted youth already in trouble to help them find ways in coping with life’s challenges. He was awarded SSP Humanitarian of the Year Award for these efforts in diversity inclusion.

Professionally, Steve served as president of Minnesota Foundation for Responsible Care of animals for two years, was a 35 year member of American Meat Institute and on its National Animal Handling Committee. As part of this work with humane animal treatment, he worked with Temple Grandin, an internationally recognized woman who revolutionized practices for the humane handling of livestock on cattle ranches and slaughterhouses, and they spent many hours working for this cause together. Steve’s passion for community involvement continued as he was a board member for Neighbors Inc., a community social help group for SSP and surrounding communities. Also, a member of the Masons , “Hiram” awardee,  Scottish Rite, and Osman Shriners where he served on committees to fund “fill the backpacks” and to help with child identification programs. 

Steve’s Winter Carnival involvement began when Joy and Steve moved here; they were far from family and missing the Southern sociability and Carnival filled that void…and then some. Steve and Joy owe their Carnival career and involvement to several people. Steve’s first exposure to Carnival was Howie Register when they both served on the Chamber Membership Committee together and when Howie became Vulcanus, he invited Steve to some of their appearances. Steve and Joy were hooked on the energy and how they touched the public. Steve’s first experience was Red, prophetic?  Greg Kuntz sold their house and has been a friend and cohort ever since. Greg supported Steve for Southwind and the rest is history. He thanks Greg for guiding and mentoring him in all the right directions. Steve was Southwind in 2003, served on the Foundation board for twelve years between 2005 to 2019. He was on the Protocol and Exchange Committee, Membership and several other committees. Steve has also been involved with Cinco de Mayo for many years. Steve was selected as Boreas Rex LXXVI in 2012. Steve’s family is also involved in Winter carnival. Ramey hosted and managed the carnival website and Eddy was a guard in 2004 and EB in 2012.  Eddy also married their 2003 Eastwind guard, Tracy. He even helped overthrow Steve from his throne. Even their son, Erik from Alabama, got to help with Kaposia Days one year.  Their granddaughter is carrying on the festival tradition already. Steve’s family, in-laws and some outlaws are blessed to be a part of the St Paul Winter Carnival.

Mark Salmen

Mark Salmen grew up in Saint Mary’s Point, Minnesota. He graduated from Stillwater High school and was appointed to the United States Naval Academy. He graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy. Upon release from active duty, Mark returned to the Saint Croix Valley. Mark subsequently worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Aviation Administration and finally Northwest/Delta Airlines where he spent over 29 years in Ground Operations, Flight Operations and Operations Control departments. He and his wife Sue now live in Afton, Minnesota.
Mark has been committed to service to his city, state and country throughout the majority of his life. As a youth, he performed community service as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout. In addition, he volunteered to do routine yard work and cleaning at his City Hall. He volunteered during the great floods of the 1960’s and again in the mid 1990’s to fill and place sand bags along the Saint Croix River. Regardless of his geographic location, he has been a community volunteer. He has served as a wrestling coach, a Scout leader and a worker in projects such as Toys-For-Tots, Boys and Girls Clubs and Adopt-A-Highway. He has been a youth mentor to disadvantaged youth and youth at risk. He was appointed by the Governor of Minnesota to serve as the public representative on two separate State Public Safety Training and Facilities review committees and received Governor’s Commendations for service on each of these committees. He has served the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival in numerous different capacities ranging from project worker to button sales to Legend Characters to character mentor and alumni group leadership roles.

Upon graduation from high school, he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He began a career that spanned 34 years of active and reserve Naval Service. He served in various shipboard and shore billets including multiple senior officer command positions. He retired at the rank of Captain in 2003. He has continued to serve as a member of the superintendent’s staff at the United States Naval Academy. He is currently assigned as the volunteer Area Coordinator for Minnesota as part of the Naval Academy Information Program. As such he oversees a staff of 25 volunteers and works closely with students, high school counselors and the U.S. Congressional delegation from Minnesota in administering 14 to 18 annual full ride, 4 year scholarship appointments to the United States Naval Academy. Mark was employed by Northwest Airlines/Delta Airlines for over 29 years. He has worked in Ground Operations, Flight Operations and System Operations Control. While in Flight Operations as Manager of Airport Operations, he worked as the Northwest Airlines representative to airport operators, regulatory agencies and community leadership throughout Northwest’s worldwide system. He became the first airline employee to be certified by the American Association of Airport Executives and was also certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as an Advanced Airport Operations Safety Specialist. He voluntarily served on the (Minneapolis-Saint Paul) Metropolitan Aircraft Sound Abatement Council including serving as the Council Vice Chair and the Operations Committee Chair. He was an accident/incident investigator and served on several investigating teams of the National Transportation Safety Board. During this period he has worked with the South Washington County PLACE Program for youth at risk and with the City of Minneapolis Business Youth Partners Program. He has also volunteered time and money to fly blood to remote locations for the American Red Cross.

Mark holds professional licenses as an Aircraft Dispatcher, an Airline Transport Pilot and a Certified Flight Instructor. Mark has been an active and valued member of the Boy Scouts of America for over 40 years. As a Boy Scout, he achieved Scouting’s highest rank-Eagle Scout. He has served as a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Explorer Leader. He is currently a Troop Committee Member, the District Commissioner for the Great Rivers District of Northern Star Council, the District Eagle Scout Board of Review coordinator and a member of the Council President’s cabinet. His units have been recognized for excellence in performance, advancement and community service. Since becoming a Scout Leader, Mark has worked with over 1400 youth in developing their character, skills and self-confidence. In 1991, Mark was selected to serve on the Vulcan Krewe as the legend character General Flameous. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Vulcan alumni group, The Imperial Order of Fire and Brimstone. He served in director and officer positions and served as the organization President from 1995 to 1997. He currently serves as the Historian for The Imperial Order of Fire and Brimstone. In 2000, Mark was selected to become Vulcanus Rex LXIII. He subsequently served in various capacities on the Council of Fire Kings Board of Directors including 2 terms as the organization’s President. As the President of the Council of Fire Kings, he has implemented numerous improvements. He was the driving force leading to the implementation of the Fire King and Krewe Advisory Committee. Mark’s enthusiasm for and support of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival was readily transferred to the members of his 2000 Vulcan Krewe. Mark is most proud of the fact that every member of his 2000 Vulcan Krewe has been active in in the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. This includes 2 F&B Presidents, 1 upcoming President, 6 F&B board members 1 multi-year top button salesman as a member of the King’s Tax Collectors, 1 Fire King, 2 Southwinds and 1 Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation Chair. In 2003 Mark was honored to serve as the Lord High Chamberlain for the Royal Coronation of Boreas Rex LXVII, Dick Kedrowski. Mark served 10 years on the Uniformed Groups Council, including 3 terms as President. He was responsible for the development of the Protocol Manual for Legend Characters of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Mark urged the reforming of the King’s Tax Collectors and worked closely with the button sales group to designate the Tax Collectors as an official Uniformed Group. As President of the Uniformed Groups Council, he developed a program to encourage and solicit memberships in the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation by new Winter Carnival Legend Characters. He also developed a calendar of Carnival events and activities. Mark has actively supported the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation not only through his membership as a Legend/Couples level member, but also through service as a King’s Tax Collector and as a member of the Festival Cabinet.

The Saint Paul Hotel

Regarded as one of the nation’s premier hotels, The Saint Paul Hotel is the gem of our namesake city. From President John F. Kennedy to Charles Lindberg, The Hotel has hosted some of America’s most defining figures in addition to thousands of leisure and business travelers. Guests from around the country have come to know The Saint Paul Hotel’s trademark style, sophistication and comfort. While meeting and event planners know us for our high degree of service and our remarkable staff. Whatever your need, The Saint Paul Hotel will meet it with grace, warmth and class. The Saint Paul Hotel is Minnesota’s landmark hotel — luxurious, romantic, timeless — and one of the last of its kind.

The Saint Paul Hotel has been a valuable partner to the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation throughout the years by providing guest and visitors outstanding accommodations to festival events. 

Previous winners of the Sal LaBaido winners:

2020 & 2021 Did not take place due to COVID

Steve Cortinas
Mark Salmen
The Saint Paul Hotel

Jackye Whitner
Howie Register
LCS Company, Paul & Lisa Stotts

Bernie Swafford
Tom Barrett
Tony Mahmood | Aesop’s Table

Kathy Bjerke
Dan Olson

Neil O’Neil
Joan Kelly
Jane Lonergen

Sandy Schwartzbauer
Darrin Johnson

Ed Altermatt
Colleen Duffy

John & Mike Taxler
Joe Johnston

Steve Frattalone
Pat Mogren

Judy Cognetta
Gene & Marilyn DiMartino
Charlie Hall
Bob Matson

2009 David Larson

2008 Richard “Dick” Kedrowski

2007 Lonny Piche

2006 Carol & Dan Swenson

2005 Dorothy Furlong Hall

2004 Don & Sandy Craighead

2003 Dot Bentfield

2002 Mary & Denny Harris

2001 Gil Thoele

2000 Lou Collette

1999 Gladys & Bill Godwin

1998 Lorraine Venass

1997 Bonnie (Vic*) Reim-Bifulk

1996 Gerald Lanahan

1995 Chester Schoenrock

1994 Paul Mueller

1993 Dan Muntean

1991 Gloria Schultz

1990 Robert Sheild

1989 Helen & Richard Murphy

1988 William LaLonde

1987 Bernice & John Roach