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Letter: Two strong watershed candidates ignored

By Les Johnson, Worthington As a property owner in the Heron Lake Watershed District, I was interested in the recent Daily Globe story about the appointment of the district's watershed managers. It seems obvious to me that the Jackson County boar...

By Les Johnson, Worthington

As a property owner in the Heron Lake Watershed District, I was interested in the recent Daily Globe story about the appointment of the district’s watershed managers. It seems obvious to me that the Jackson County board of commissioners passed over the best qualified candidates to appoint people to represent a few of the commissioners’ personal agendas.
I was pleased to see that Jerry Ackermann and Lloyd Kalfs applied for positions on the Heron Lake Watershed District Board of Managers. As the president of the neighboring Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District, I can tell you that I would be very proud to have either as members of our board.
I have personally known Jerry and Nancy Ackermann for over 30 years. They were customers of mine when I was a floor covering installer. I am also very familiar with their good land stewardship and farming practices. I have eaten many great steaks that Jerry and the Jackson County cattlemen prepare for the Prairie Ecology Bus Center annual banquet. I have been impressed by the conservation awards won by the Ackermanns and part they play in trying to make the area a better place.
I do not know Lloyd Kalfs personally but have been told he is also very qualified to serve on a watershed board. Lloyd has the education, experience and conservation ethic to make him a great candidate.
As residents and taxpayers of the Heron Lake Watershed District, I think we should contact the Jackson County commissioners and ask them why they passed up these two good candidates to appoint a relative and a friend to the watershed district board. Contact information for the commissioners can be found on the Jackson County website.

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