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DNR honors Roseau River Watershed District

Tracy Halstensgard (center), administrator of the Roseau River Watershed District, holds the Watershed District of the Year Award the district received from the Minnesota DNR. Toran McCormack, Roseau River Watershed District specialist, is pictured at left and DNR representative Theresa Abbenga is at right. (Photo courtesy of Roseau River Watershed District)

The Roseau River Watershed District was named as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Watershed District of the Year on Friday, Nov. 30 during the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts' annual meeting in Alexandria, Minn.

Stephanie Klamm, area hydrologist for the DNR in Thief River Falls, nominated the district for the agency's award.

Accepting the award were Tracy Halstensgard, administrator of the Roseau River Watershed District, and Torn McCormack, Watershed District specialist.

"It was a surprise," Halstensgard said. "We didn't know ahead of time that we were chosen. We'd kind of heard offhand that we'd been nominated."

In her nomination letter, Klamm cited the Roseau River Watershed District's efforts in working with the DNR on water regulation, watershed planning, flood damage reduction, water quality, education and stream stabilization and restoration.

"The RRWD has been a key player in managing water and protecting water quality through partnerships and programs at the local, state, regional, national and the international level since 1964," Klamm wrote. "This three-person staff and five-member board are open minded, cooperative and effective partners in water and natural resource management."

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998.  A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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