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The Yellow Medicine Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Supervisors are elected officials that represent their area for a four year term.  There are five Supervisors that oversee the operations of the SWCD.  Board meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at the SWCD office located in the Ag Service Center in Clarkfield, MN and are open to the public.  Starting times vary depending on the time of the year, please check the agenda tab to see time of next scheduled meeting.

Jerry Nelson -Chairman   -  Clarkfield - Phone 320-564-3699
     Term Expires in 2020
     Represents:  Area 2:  Lisbon, Stony Run, and Minnesota Falls Townships

Darwyn Bach - Vice Chairman- Boyd - Phone 507-224-2188
     Term Expires in 2018
     Represents:  Area 4:  Oshkosh, Omro, Tyro, Wergeland, Burton, and Swede Prairie Townships

Hollis Weber - Secretary
- Hazel Run - Phone 320-981-0440

     Term Expires in 2018
     Represents:  Area 3:  Friendship, Normania, Hazel Run, and Sandnes Townships

Delon Clarksean - Treasurer -  Canby - Phone 507-223-7554
     Term Expires in December 2020
     Represents:  Area 5:  Hammer, Norman, Fortier, and Florida Townships

Tom Remmele - Public Relations
- Echo - Phone 507-828-1108

     Term Expires in 2020
     Represents:  Area 1:  Sioux Agency, Wood Lake, Posen, and Echo Townships

       SWCD Personnel Committee: 
Jerry Nelson and Hollis Weber; Darwyn Bach alternate
     Redwood Cottonwood Rivers Control Area: 
Tom Remmele
     Yellow Medicine Water Task Force: 
District Manager; Delon Clarksean alternate
     Southwest Prairie Technical Service Ass'n: 
Jerry Nelson; Delon Clarksean alternate
     EQIP Local Work Group: 
Tom Remmele
     Yellow Medicine Watershed Advisory Board: 
Hollis Weber; Jerry Nelson alternate
     LQP Watershed Team Committee Member: 
Darwyn Bach; Delon Clarksean alternate
     LQP Watershed District Advisory Board: 
Darwyn Bach; Delon Clarksean alternate
     Wetland Local Joint Powers Appeal Board: 
Jerry Nelson, Hollis Weber, and Darwyn Bach
     SWCD Budget Committee:
 Darwyn Bach and Hollis Weber
     Clean Water Fund Cost Share Committee: 
Tom Remmele
     Yellow Medicine Watershed Team Committee: 
Hollis Weber; Jerry Nelson alternate
     RIM Screening Committee: 
Tom Remmele; Delon Clarksean alternate
       Yellow Medicine Watershed One Watershed One Plan Policy Committee: Hollis Weber; Jerry Nelson alternate



A Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, is entrusted with some of Minnesota’s most precious assets: our natural resources. There are three key aspects to the role of a supervisor as an SWCD board member: policy development; planning and budgets; and working with SWCD staff.

Policy Development

The board of supervisors is a policy board, meaning that its primary focus is not on running the day-to- day activities of the district, but on setting overall policy and long-term objectives. The staff then uses these policies and objectives to ensure that the district is proceeding in the general direction laid out by the board. The board should develop policies on: personnel; policy use of district equipment; technical assistance; charges for services; use of cost-share dollars; election of officers; compensation for supervisors and staff; training;  travel;  fiscal matters; agreements with other agencies; and membership in organizations.

Planning and Budget

Because board members focus on long-range objectives and goals, one of the most important parts of their job is developing the district’s annual and comprehensive plans. Annual plans should contain: definition of purpose; prioritization of resource problems; specific statements about the district's activities for the coming year; specific goals and objectives for the upcoming year; budgets and staffing for each program; and activities that work toward fulfilling the comprehensive plan.

Working With Staff

Although the policies and annual and long-range plans developed by the board will guide the district staff in everyday activities, there are a number of more specific items the board should work on with the staff. The board should work closely with the district manager to: delegate responsibilities to employees; set work priorities; identify training needs; develop an employee evaluation system;  look for new programs to expand existing programs; and  develop job descriptions.

Roles of a Supervisor as an Elected Official

As an elected official, they are responsible for operating the district as a political subdivision of state government. Specifically establishing policies to implement state grant programs; maintaining working relationships with other political bodies and state agencies including, the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), USDA, FSA, NRCS, County Commissioners, County Zoning and other agencies; entering into memorandums of understanding or working agreements with as many agencies as necessary to coordinate the conservation and development of resources in the district; pursuing funds and/or insurance for district operations from county commissioners, the State of Minnesota and other entities as opportunities arise; cooperating with other districts and watersheds in resource activities; and monitoring your actions to comply with program rules and regulations.