Board of Supervisors

Lake SWCD Board Group Photo 2018

SWCD Supervisors serve four-year, staggered terms. Generally, two or three of an SWCD's five supervisors are up for election every two years. These positions have been local, elected officials since SWCDs began to form in 1937. Since 1971, the positions have appeared on the November ballot as a nonpartisan office.

The Lake SWCD Board of Supervisors meets every second Thursday of the month at noon at our office:
408 First Avenue
Two Harbors, MN 55616
We encourage the public to attend these meetings to learn more about what Lake SWCD is up to!

If you are interested in representing the SWCD as a Board Member in District 3 (Ward 1 and Ward 3 of the City of Two Harbors), we are currently in the process of searching for a new District 3 Supervisor! Please contact Tara at (218) 834-8370 with inquiries. 

Upcoming Meetings: 2020
July 9th - this meeting is occurring virtually via Zoom. Contact tara.solem@co.lake.mn.us or (218) 834-8370 for call-in information and meeting notice. Link has not been posted here for security purposes.                   
                                             August 13th                                November 12th
  June 11th                           September 10th                          December 10th
  July 9th                             October 8th
   

Minnesota Candidate Filing Period Now Open Through June 2nd
Individuals concerned about water quality and soil erosion in Lake County should consider filing by June 2 to run for the position of Supervisor of the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

SWCDs are special purpose units of government that manage and direct conservation programs. An elected board of Supervisors governs each of Minnesota’s 88 SWCDs. This year, the SWCD has 4 Supervisor positions up for election. SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the general election which will take place November 3, 2020. Candidates are elected county wide, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election. These include District 1, 3, 4, 5 – please refer to Lake County SWCD for a map of district boundaries. SWCD Supervisors serve four year terms.

Supervisors meet monthly to discuss the business of the SWCD, including state grant allocations to landowners, district conservation priorities, coordination with other local units of government and state agencies, and legislative priorities. Supervisors do not receive a salary, although they do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses. Those interested in running for Supervisor should file at the County Auditor’s office from May 19 through June 2, 2020. 

Teresa Sagen in 2018 Teresa Sagen                   
District 1 Supervisor
Treasurer
 Ron Brodigan in 2018 Ron Brodigan
District 2 Supervisor
Vice Chair
 Todd Ronning in 2018 NOT YET FILLED
District 3 Supervisor
Formerly: Todd Ronning
Resignation 12 March 2020
 Barb Omarzu in 2018 Barb Omarzu
District 4 Supervisor
 Douglas Haus in 2018 Douglas Haus
District 5 Supervisor
Board Chair

Click map below for a higher resolution PDF Map of Supervisor Districts
Map of supervisor districts created in 2018

Sometimes it is difficult to tell where a precise location is in map boundaries. The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, Elections & Voting section, has a Polling Place Finder. You may use this tool to find your polling place (where you vote, map & directions), districts for your precinct, “Candidates on My Ballot” (candidates and questions on the ballot at your next election, when available).
Here is the link. http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

From there you may look up your specific address. Options include “Find by Zip Code” and “Search by County.” Next, enter your house number. Select your street from a drop-down list. Once you have completed these steps, your results will include the following Districts for your address: Congressional, Minnesota Senate, Minnesota House, County Commissioner, Judicial, Park, Soil and Water Conservation, School and County. Your results will include Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.