Goodhue County SWCD celebrates 50 years
GOODHUE, Minn. — Goodhue County’s Soil and Water Conservation District was recognized for 50 years of service at the 150th annual Goodhue County Fair last week.
Mary Kells, conservationist with the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources, presented the staff and supervisors with a plaque at the Goodhue County Commissioners meeting at the county fair.
"We have a great soil and water," said county board chairman Ted Seifert. "Those guys do a great job for us."
Kells formerly worked at the Goodhue County office. In 50 years, the office has had 45 employees and 15 supervisors. The supervisors are an independent body who govern the SWCD.
Supervisor Donald Banks has been a supervisor since the district formed in 1961. Paul Voxland has been a supervisor since 1985, John Jaeger since 1991, Edward McNamara since 1995 and Lawrence Thomforde since 2005.
The SWCD gave out three awards recognizing conservationists in the county at the meeting in the fair’s Entertainment Tent. William and Susan Gorman of Belle Creek Township were named Conservation Farmers of the Year, Debra and Kent Volz of Vasa Township were named Woodland Managers of the Year and the Goodhue County Pheasants Forever Chapter No. 3 was recognized for Wildlife Habitat Management.