The Mississippi Headwaters Board celebrated its 20-year anniversary last week for its public service in Crow Wing County. The board recognized and awarded several former members, county commissioners and county employees during its meeting.
The MHB recognized the work of former county commissioner Alvin Hauge and advisory committee member Donald Crust for their years of service for the county. They also were the founders of the MHB.
Hauge was the first county commissioner to serve on the MHB. Hauge and Crust assisted in maintaining local control over the Upper Mississippi Headwaters Corridor, with the help of county commissioners and area legislators.
Lansing Hamilton, former county land commissioner, also was recognized as a founder. Otto Schalow, former county planning and zoning administrator, earned an award. Hamilton and Schalow were recognized for their technical services to the county during the formation of the MHB.
Rep. Kris Hasskamp, DFL-Crosby, was recognized for her support in the preservation and enhancement of the natural, scientific, historical, cultural and recreational values of the Mississippi River in the Legislature, specifically in helping to attain funding from the Legislature for the MHB management plan update.
Sen. Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, was recognized for his ongoing support of local authority and trails along the MHB corridor, specifically at Crow Wing State Park.
Bob Fedeler, Central Lakes College instructor, was recognized for his years of work with students in the River Watch program, a volunteer student monitoring program of chemical, biological and physical water quality.
Currently County Commissioner Ed Larsen serves as the county's representative on the MHB. Other MHB advisory committee members are Daryl Hartman, Tom Witkowski, Art Gensmer and Ray Nelson.
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