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SWCD Supervisor Election

"An SWCD is a special purpose unit of government comprised of nonpartisan, elected supervisors who are passionate about conserving Minnesotas remarkable natural resources," said MASWCD President Ian Cunningham.  "SWCDs focus on building community relationships and collaborate with private landowners to conserve and protect our states land and water resources."

SWCDs are a primary source of conservation information, support, and program management for landowners and other local units of government. An elected board of Supervisors governs each of Minnesotas 90 SWCDs.

Candidates are elected county wide, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election. SWCD Supervisors serve four year terms.  Supervisors do not receive a salary, although they do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.   Contact the Stearns SWCD for more info @ 320-251-7800 X3

This year, the Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District has 3 Supervisorpositions up for election. SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the general election which will take place November 8, 2016. Candidates are elected county wide, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election.

The nominating districts and candidates running for election this year include:

Arlyn Lawrenz, representing Albany, Avon, Brockway, Holding, Krain,
LeSauk, and St. Wendel Townships

David Weller, representing Crow Lake, Crow River, Lake George, Lake
Henry, North Fork, St. Martin, Spring Hill and Zion Townships

David Brinkman, representing Collegeville, Eden Lake, Farming, Luxemburg, Munson, Paynesville, Wakefield Townships

SWCD Board Meetings

The Stearns County SWCD Board meeting is typically the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The meetings usually begins at 9:00 a.m. in the USDA Conference Room (Door 108 or 127), Marketplace Mall, 110 Second Street South, Waite Park, MN.You can verify meeting dates on the Events Calendar.

In the event that the meeting time/date change due to unforseen circumstances such as severve weather, 72 hour notice will be made for updated meeting information. Please see the Events Calendar or call the Stearns County SWCD @ 320-251-7800 Ext. 3 for meeting time confirmation.

Current SWCD Board Supervisors

Left to Right
Tom Gregory (Area 5), Dave Brinkman (Area 4), David Weller (Area 3),
Front: Aryln Lawrenz (Area 2), Chuck Uphoff (Area 1)

SWCD Supervisor Contact Information

David Brinkman


Area 4

14317 County Road 180
Paynesville, MN 56362

Chuck Uphoff


Area 1

35319 315th Avenue
Melrose, MN 56352

Arlyn Lawrenz

Area 2

38823 Timber Road
Avon, MN 56310

David Weller


Area 3

29875 County Road 18
Brooten, MN 56316

Tom Gregory

Area 5

18373 121st Ave
Kimball, MN 55353

SWCD Supervisor Area Map

What does it take to be a soil and water conservation District Supervisor?

Soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) are special purpose units of government that manage natural resource programs. Minnesota's 90 SWCDs cover the entire state; their boundaries usually coincide with the county lines. Each SWCD is run by a board of five elected Supervisors.
To be a Supervisor, you need:

Supervisors must have - or be willing to learn - some basic knowledge to effectively carry out their responsibilities. They must understand:
· some of the fundamentals about the environment and how it works; · the relationship between land use decisions and the environment; · the effect environmental decisions have on other aspects of our lives; and · local concerns, attitudes and needs. 

Supervisors must be concerned about:
· our environment and natural resources; · maintaining and improving water quality; and · protecting our soil. 

Supervisors must be willing to take an active leadership role in the community. This can involve: 

· setting local conservation priorities; · educating friends and neighbors about the environment; · working with other local government units, state and federal agencies, and other elected officials; · setting a positive example; · taking unpopular stands; · balancing economic needs with environmental concerns; and · sacrificing short-term gains for long-term benefits.The map above shows the current district boundaries (Area 1-5/Colored Areas) and the county commissioner districts (1st-5th District/Dark Red Boundaries).    

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All contents are the property of Stearns County SWCD. The District's goal is to provide quality and accurate information.
All information within this site, though, is subject to change and should only serve as a guideline for the District's services and procedures.
For the most current and accurate information, please contact the District at (320)251-7800, Extension 3.

Office Hours 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Mon-Fri

110 2nd Street South, Waite Park, MN 56387 | Ph: 320-251-7800 x3 | Fax: 855-205-6907

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