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County Conservation Leadership Collapses


October 29, 2020

The Prairie Heritage Center

The 20+ year tenure of Assistant Director and Naturalist Charlene Elyea ended August 2020. The board had promoted Amber Wetherell from receptionist to Assistant Director and began a search for a Naturalist. Following the September 2020 O'Brien County Conservation Board (OCCB) meeting rumors began to swirl that Director Terry Boltjes was retiring. Those rumors were confirmed at the October 14, 2020 OCCB meeting. After more than 30 years with OCCB Boltjes resignation was accepted with regrets by the board. Boltjes did not attend the meeting.

On September 8 the O'Brien County Supervisors heard...

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