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Your Letter: Help conserve our county's soil and water

This November, voters in Wadena County will head to the polls to elect, among other positions, Supervisors for the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). If you live in one of the nomination districts up for election, and are interested in being involved with local water quality and natural resource issues, I encourage you to consider running for supervisor. Individuals can file with the county auditor from May 18 through June 1.

Positions on this year's ballot will include those representing nomination districts 1, 2 and 3. Nomination district 1 includes the townships of, Aldrich and Thomastown, nomination district 2 includes the townships of Wadena and Leaf River and district 3 includes the townships of Bullard, Lyons and Wing River.

As chair of the Wadena SWCD, I can attest to how rewarding it is to serve on the SWCD board of supervisors. We play an important role in addressing a wide variety of resource management issues aimed at protecting and improving water quality, properly managing wetlands, and preventing soil erosion. Our SWCD employees work with landowners and other units of government, in both rural and urban settings, to provide financial and technical assistance for these efforts.

SWCDs are local units of government, and supervisors are elected to four-year terms. Our terms are staggered so either two or three supervisors are up for election each two years. We hold monthly business meetings and also attend various conferences throughout the year. While we are not paid a salary, we do receive compensation for attending meetings and we are reimbursed for expenses.

Learn more about SWCD elections and the work of the Wadena SWCD by visiting our website at or call our office, at (218) 631-3195, ext. 3.

Malinda K. Dexter

Wadena SWCD

District Manager

Wadena County Ag Inspector