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Dean A. Schmidt

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WesMin RC&D
14648 Shea Rd. Nw
Garfield , Minnesota 56332
United States


Employment History

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Onanegozie RC&D Council, Inc. » Other MN RC&D Councils, 27 Feb 2015 [cached]
Dean A. Schmidt, Coordinator
WesMin RC&D staff, 11 Jan 2015 [cached]
RC&D Coordinator - Dean Schmidt
Phone: 320-763-3191 ext. 105
NARC&DC: National Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils, Inc., 20 Nov 2003 [cached]
Coordinator Dean
Wadena Pioneer Journal online - Conservation council to celebrate 40 years, 24 June 2004 [cached]
"The canoe project is still providing recreation for the community and that's important," said Dean Schmidt, coordinator of the WesMin council.
The mission of WesMin is to develop human and natural resources through cooperative efforts, Schmidt said.
"We're a group that likes to stick our necks out a little more than others," he said.
The first projects completed by WesMin were mostly watershed projects, Schmidt said.
Currently, there are 375 Resource, Conservation and Development Districts in the United States, Schmidt said, with new councils popping up all the time.
The WesMin council came out of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1962.The council is interesting, because it is a federal program and a local nonprofit program at the same time, Schmidt said.
Over 40 years, WesMin has completed more than $85 million worth of projects, Schmidt said.
"We are leaders in this program," Schmidt said."We do a good job, and we're proud that we were one of the first approved councils."
The WesMin council is also very ahead of its time.Schmidt said the group started renewable energy and biomass projects in 1994 before anyone else was working on those kinds of projects.
"We break a lot of molds, and we're very creative," he said.
Schmidt said things were touch and go for a while, but some people contributed at the last minute, so things worked out.
These projects took a lot of grant writing and fund-raising, Schmidt said.
Schmidt says working with WesMin is very rewarding.
"The fun part is when you get new projects to work on," Schmidt said."But then we have to be careful and not neglect our other projects."
He thinks that the WesMin council is relatively unknown to most people, but he wants people to know about what the council does.
"We're kind of like the world's best kept secret," he said., 30 April 2004 [cached]
Dean Schmidt, WesMin's coordinator, also said he was thrilled about the outcome of Smokey Timbers.
"I'm tickled that a project like this made it," he said."It was with the support of the community and WesMin's system that it happened."
Schmidt added the commitment from Barsness also played a major role.
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