Nomination Districts: Following the 2012 General Election, the Renville County SWCD Board of Supervisors began reviewing options for updating & clarifying Nomination Districts for SWCD Supervisor Elections. Following the guidelines in statute, they eventually passed a Resolution which was then approved by the Board of Water & Soil Resources and filed with the Renville County Auditor/Treasurer. Beginning with the 2014 General Election, and continuing until changed by the Board of Supervisors and approved by BWSR, the Nomination Districts will follow the County Commissioner Districts and will change along with County Commissioner District changes as determined by the County Board after each census.
SWCD Board of Supervisors
represents District 1. His term expires in 2020.
Kevin Kokesch represents District 2. His term expires in 2020.
represents District 3. His term expires 2022
Kathryn Kelly represents District 4. Her term expires in 2022.
represents District 5. His term expires in 2020.
Holly Hatlewick - District Administrator
Holly Hatlewick is the district administrator of Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District. She received an AAS degree from Minnesota West Community & Technical College for Soil & Water Conservation and a bachelor's degree from SMSU in Environmental Studies. Holly worked at the NRCS as a Soil and District Conservationist in Southern Minnesota and South Dakota for 15 years before joining the Renville SWCD in 2016. Holly has expertise in livestock grazing systems, no-till and strip till farming, cover crops, and easement management.
Melissa Edmondson - Administrative Conservation Assistant
Melissa Edmondson was hired April, 2018. Melissa graduated from Lake Area Technical Institute with an AAS in Ag Lending. Melissa has an agriculture background. She is assisting with Administrative duties as well as assisting with implementation of the Minnesota Buffer Law.
Ethan Dahl - Buffer Specialist & Ag Inspector
Ethan Dahl was hired June 1, 2020 as a District Technician. Ethan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Wisconsin River Falls in the Spring of 2018. He had an internship with Todd County SWCD in the summer of 2017, has worked both public and private with the MN DNR and a private environmental consulting firm. Ethan is the county ag-inspector, buffer specialist, local MAWQCP technician, rain garden technician, and outreach liaison.
Kyle Richter - Water Resource Technician
Kyle Richter was hired September 11, 2020 as the Water Resource Technician. Kyle graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Southwest Minnesota State University in the fall of 2020. He interned with the Yellow Medicine SWCD in the summer of 2020. Kyle primarily works with the CREP and RIM program, WCA, and various state cost share programs. Contact him for any wildlife evaluations, management for conservation easements, or erosion mitigation.
SWCDs are special purpose units of government that manage and direct natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work in both urban and rural settings to carry out a program for the conservation, use, and development of soil, water, and related resources. SWCD Supervisors serve four year terms and meet monthly, discussing the business of the SWCD, distributing state grant allocations to landowners, setting conservation priorities and coordinating conservation efforts with other local units of government and state agencies. SWCD Supervisors are not paid a salary; however, they do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.