Board of Supervisors

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Supervisors are elected by nomination districts on the general election ballot. However, they do not participate in the primaries. Nomination districts reflect the natural resource diversity of Pennington County, not the distribution of population. Interested individuals living within nomination districts can file with the Pennington County Auditor May 17th - May 31st of the election year.


Brenda Szymanski

34866 120th St NE

Goodridge, MN  56725

District 3, Term 2019-2022

Linda Hanson

35400 St Hwy 1 NE

Goodridge, MN  56725

District 4, Term: 2021-2024

Ricky Peterson

16642 St Hwy 1

Thief River Falls, MN  56701

District 2, Term: 2019-2022

ADawn Nelson

17309 160th Ave NW

Thief River Falls, MN  56701

District 1, Term: 2021-2024

Greg Hilgeman

32470 140th St SE

Oklee, MN  56742

District 5, Term: 2021-2024

SWCD Staff

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District Manager: Peter Nelson

Specialties: Shoreland & Floodplain, Septic Systems, Water Plan, Tree Program, WCA, Cost-Share

District Coordinator: Barb Molskness

Specialties: Financial Activities, Education Programs, Office Administration

Water Resource Specialist:  Bryanna Grefthen

Specialties:  Feedlot, Aquatic Invasive Species, Cooperative Weed Management, Water Quality Monitoring

​Resource Technician:  Matthew Sorvig

Specialties:  Buffers, MAWQCP, Ditch Inventory, Surveying & Planning, GIS, UAS Pilot

Outreach Coordinator:  Donna Christianson

Specialties: Outreach Events, Youth and Adult Education Programs, Office Administration


Engineering Technician:  Zach Foley

Specialties: Survey, Design, Construction Inspection of Projects Under Engineering Practice Standards

Farm Bill Biologist: Jillian Fejszes

Specialties: CRP, EQIP, RIM

NRCS Staff


District Conservationist:  Nico Bennett

Specialties: EQIP, CSP, CRP, HEL, Wetland Delineation