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 2018.
Jim Hebrink represents District 5. His term will expire in 2020.
Holly Hatlewick - District Administrator
Holly Hatlewick is the district manager 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.
Cody Dale - Water Resource Technician
Cody joined the staff on February 29th as a District Technician. He is a graduate of UW Steven's Point where he received a degree in Water Resources and minored in Soil Science. Before working for the SWCD he was a technician for the Brown SWCD. He is the Wetland Conservation Act, cost-share coordinator, works with all aspects of the Reinvest in Minnesota program (RIM), which provides great water quality and wildlife habitat benefits. Contact Cody with any questions about WCA, RIM or state-cost share programs.
Karen Wermers - Farm Bill Technician
Karen is the district's Farm Bill Technician. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with an Earth Science degree. Prior to working at the Renville SWCD Karen was a MCC intern with the Cottonwood SWCD and a technician for the Cottonwood Farm Service Agency. Contact Karen if you are interested in enrolling land into programs such as the USDA CRP program or the State of Minnesota RIM program.
Michael Sandager - District Technician/Outreach Coordinator
Michael Sandager was hired as a District Technician in May 2016. He is the Renville County Feedlot Inspector. He graduated from St. John's University and has a degree in Environmental Studies and History. He was a MCC intern and contract worker at the Washington Conservation District before joining the SWCD. He should be contacted for feedlot questions and outreach needs. He is assisting with the implementation of the Minnesota Buffer Law.
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.
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
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.