Board of Supervisors

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 - Chair

34866 120th St NE

Goodridge, MN  56725

District 3, Term 2019-2022

Linda Hanson - Secretary

35400 St Hwy 1 NE

Goodridge, MN  56725

District 4, Term: 2017-2020

Ricky Peterson - Vice-Chair

16642 St Hwy 1

Thief River Falls, MN  56701

District 2, Term: 2019-2022

Grant Nelson - PR&I

17349 110th St NW

Thief River Falls, MN  56701

District 1, Term: 2017-2020

Greg Hilgeman - Treasurer

32470 140th St SE

Oklee, MN  56742

District 5, Term: 2017-2020

SWCD Staff


District Manager: Bryan Malone

Specialties: Tree Program, Surveying & Planning, GIS, Cost-Share, Wetlands, Easements

District Coordinator: Barb Molskness

Specialties: Financial Activities, Education Programs, Office Administration

Water Plan Coordinator: Peter Nelson

Specialties: Water Quality Monitoring, Shoreland, Floodplain, Septic Systems, Water Plan

​Resource Technician:  Matthew Sorvig

Specialties:  Buffers, MAWQCP, Ditch Inventory

District Technician:  Bryanna Grefthen

Specialites:  AIS, Feedlot

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