This year, the Rice Soil and Water Conservation District has two supervisor positions up for election. SWCD candidates will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

While SWCD supervisors are elected to represent the entire county, they must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election. The nominating districts and candidates running for election to the Rice SWCD Board this year are James Purfeerst, running for District 3 (townships of Cannon City, Wheeling, Walcott and Richland), and Richard Peterson, running for District 5 (city of Faribault).

SWCDs are special-purpose units of government that manage and direct natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work in both urban and rural settings to carry out programs for the conservation, use and development of soil, water and related resources. 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.

To learn more about the SWCD, visit

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