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Matt Solemsaas

District Administrator

Matt has been the District Administrator at Stevens SWCD since December 2005. He is responsible for overseeing daily district activities, budgeting, grant writing, supervising and directing District personnel, and working with the Board of Supervisors. Matt coordinates the native grass program including sales, planting, planning, and implementation. He also administers state programs such as RIM and the MN Wetland Conservation Act, and is responsible for implementing the Local Water Management Plan. Matt also serves as the County Ag Inspector. He is the past President of the Minnesota Association of Conservation District Employees and a member of the working group that developed the Walk-In Access hunting program in Minnesota. Matt graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Zoology. Prior to working at the District, Matt worked at the U of M WCROC as an Assistant Scientist in the soils department, as a Habitat Biologist for California Waterfowl Association in Sacramento, and as a Private Lands Biologist for Ducks Unlimited in North Dakota. He is Assistant Chief on the Morris Fire Department and resides in Morris with wife Angie and five kids Abbie, Andrew, Annika, Abby, and Nicholas.

Adam Erickson

District Technician

Adam started as our District Technician early in 2016. He had worked for the district in the past to complete Certified Wetland Determinations under a contribution agreement with NRCS. Prior to that, Adam had spent four years working with the NRCS as a Wetland Specialist. He received a B.S. in Aquatic Biology from Bemidji State University in 2006. In the past he had worked seasonally for the Stevens SWCD between high school and college. Adam grew up locally on a farm near Donnelly, raising grass-fed beef cattle. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on the farm and being outdoors hunting, fishing or out on the pontoon. Adam currently lives in Cyrus with his wife Katie and two sons Callan and Kadam.

John Lembcke

Assistant Techncian

John started employment with Stevens SWCD in April 2013. As the district’s Assistant Technician, he works with planting native grasses, trees, rain gardens, and with weed control. He resides in Morris where he was born and raised. After high school John attended Minnesota State University Moorhead and received a degree in Business Administrations. Following college he returned back to Morris and worked for Lembcke’s Garage for nine years. John is presently serving as Second Assistant Chief with the Morris Fire Department, which he has been a member of since 2006. When not working, John enjoy playing slow pitch softball, golfing, hunting, ice fishing, and playing darts. Most of all he enjoys being with friends and family.

Judy Johnston

Education & Promotion Coordinator

Judy has been with the Stevens SWCD since 1995. As the Education & Promotion Coordinator, she works closely with the education program and promoting the district’s conservation activities. Judy coordinates a variety of environmental education programs for youth as well as adults. She is the coordinator for both the Area 2 and State Envirothons for high school students across the state. Judy also helps when needed with district services such as planting trees, rain gardens and shoreline restorations. Judy is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. She lives on a small farm near Morris with her husband Lee. Their daughter Natalie is a senior at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul in Animal Science. Their son Justin and his wife Brandi live in Lubbock, Texas where Justin is doing an advanced degree in Meat Science. Judy enjoys raising sheep, traveling, outdoor activities, boating and scrapbooking in her spare time.

Chris Staebler

Office Manager

Chris has been our Office Manager since the fall of 2005. Her main role is to provide support to the SWCD board and staff, as well as to the Pomme de Terre Joint Powers Board and its technical committee. She oversees the financial recordkeeping and daily operations at the office and helps with field work when needed. Chris graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris with a degree in English. She has worked in Morris since then and lives with her husband and two sons south of town. When not at work, she enjoys horseback riding, reading, and watching her sons play sports.

Kasey Wiechmann

Program Technician

Kasey has worked for area SWCD and NRCS offices since the fall of 2014. She started as SWCD Program Technician in April 2016 and is currently working on SWCD programs such as MN Ag Water Certification Program and the Aquatic Invasive Specie project, as well as helping with district projects and educational activities.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Stevens Soil & Water Conservation District is to work with county landowners in putting conservation practices on the land and to help all citizens be good stewards of our natural resources.