Hunting, Habitat Preservation And Clean Water
I grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota where hunting was part of our fabric. My father always left rows of corn unharvested for pheasant habitat and hunting, and we regularly welcomed hunters to our farm, Old Acres. Later in life, my two brothers-in-law allowed me to tag along and I grew to appreciate the experience of an early morning hunt.
As an attorney for 25 years in Albert Lea, I have had the honor of working with individuals who purchase land for habitat restoration and hunting use. I also work intimately with many farmers, the original conservationists, in establishing habitat through voluntary buffer strips and other strategic set-aside programs.
One of my proudest professional experiences was my work with our local watershed district in establishing the Juglans Woods AMA, a 257-acre parcel that preserved and provided public access for hunting, fishing, hiking, and nature enjoyment. I was involved from the ground level in obtaining the funding for this project, identifying, negotiating, and closing on the land purchases with landowners, and coordinating with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
In addition, I was twice named as a statewide attorney of the year for my work in helping my local Albert Lea community first stabilize the upstream runoff and then clean up and restore Fountain Lake. This process involved multiple years of work to first obtain funding and then taking on the Department of Natural Resources to obtain the permit for lake dredging and restoration. These hard-fought battles are now showing real dividends in habitat and clean water restoration.
My commitment to hunting and habitat preservation will not waiver when I go to Congress. Some candidates talk about this issue, I’m proud of my record of real accomplishment.
As a conservative, homegrown and hardworking candidate, I would be honored to earn your vote in the Special Primary Election on May 24. Early voting is now open.