OLIVIA — Changes are in the works at the Hawk Creek Watershed Project office in Olivia.
Two, well-known and respected employees are moving on with their careers while a new coordinator has been chosen.
Heidi Rauenhorst, a Renville County native, has accepted the coordinator’s position recently vacated by Cory Netland. Rauenhorst will be on the job in early June.
She brings familiarity with the area and its agricultural economy, along with a strong educational background in science. She has previous work experience with the Farm Service Agency and DNR. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from San Diego State University and is completing her master’s in biology at Minnesota State-Mankato.
The office will soon be losing the talents of Stephanie Klamm. She has accepted a regional hydrologist position with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Thief River Falls.
There’s a lot of experience being lost with the departures of Netland and Klamm. Klamm has been with the Watershed Project for eight years. Netland was with the Project for three years, but also worked closely with it for the three years prior while he was with the Soil and Water Conservation District in Renville County.
As the transitions take place, the Watershed Project will be guided with the experienced help of Dean Dambroten. He has served with the office since its start more than a decade ago, and lives and farms in the area.
He will have his work cut out for him during the transition, but also has some help on the way. Mark Dunham, a Concordia College student from Willmar, will join the staff as a summer intern.
– Tom Cherveny