March 11, 2015

Minnesota SWCS Award Recipients

The Minnesota Chapter SWCS is pleased to congratulate the following recipients of chapter awards presented at our annual meeting on March 2nd.

Education Award
Steve Simons accepted the award on behalf of Central Minnesota Water Education Alliance.
The Central MN Water Education Alliance (CMWEA) is a coalition of central MN cities, counties and other organizations that provide education outreach to promote water quality stewardship.  The mission of CMWEA is to develop and implement educational programs that encourage individuals in Central MN to protect water resources by increasing their knowledge and making simple behavior changes.  By working in concert, the members of CMWEA are able to provide a consistent water quality educational message.

MN SWCS Scholarship Award
Patrick Hagen – 2014 University of MN, Crookston graduate.
Patrick took a job with Capistran Farms and Seed Company in Crookston while attending school.   This allowed him the opportunity to learn about the views the local farmers held along with their farming practices.  He plans to use this information along the education he received to help merge conservation of our natural lands with sustainable farming and production.   In his future he hopes to blend the fields of agriculture and natural resources instead of viewing them as separate.

Kelly Oliver – Served on the executive committee for the MN Chapter.
Kelly was very active in the organization of summer tours and annual meetings.
Russell Kleinschmidt – Served as Chapter President.
Did a Great job of running meetings and leading the MN Chapter during his term.

(Post from Julie Reberg.)

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