This year, the North St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) has two supervisor positions up for election. These candidates will appear on the Nov. 6, General Election ballot for those within the boundaries of the district.

While SWCD Supervisors are elected to represent the entire district, they must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election.

The two districts are District 1, which includes Side Lake and Orr, and District 3, which includes Hibbing and Chisholm (see map).

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.

The nomination districts and candidates running for election to the North St. Louis SWCD Board this year include:

• Nomination District 1: Margaret “Peggy” Pearson

Pearson is a dairy farmer in Angora.She is transitioning the daily farm operation to her children and grandchildren.

She is a member of Minnesota Holstein and the National Holstein Association Member of Northeastern Minnesota Forage and Grassland Council.

Through the SWCD position, she serves on the Laurentian Resource and Development Council. Nomination district one includes Side Lake and Orr north to Kabetogama.

• Nomination District 3: Frank Modich

Modich works as an attorney. He is also a scientist, farmer and overall outdoor enthusiast who understands the importance of not only utilizing but also preserving, protecting and conserving our natural resources for future generations.

Modich lives in nomination district 3 which includes the areas of Hibbing, Chisholm, Balkan Township and unorganized townships 59-21 and 55-21.

SWCD board supervisors play an important role in determining how soil and water resources are managed within the county. They work cooperatively with local, state, and federal partners to establish soil and water conservation policy.

SWCDs serve as a focal point for identifying and addressing natural resource issues. The mission is to encourage sustainable use of our natural resources by engaging people in soil and water conservation in northern St. Louis County.

The SWCD manages and directs natural resource management programs locally. It operates an aquatic invasive species prevention watercraft inspection and decontamination program, offers cost-share assistance to land occupiers for reducing soil erosion, provides technical and engineering assistance for a wide variety of conservation practices, writes forest/wooded acreage plans, monitors the water quality of local lakes and streams and offers educational services to schools and the public.

To learn more about the SWCD, visit


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