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Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership seeking board members

The Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership is one of five regional partnerships across Minnesota that connect local communities with University of Minnesota resources.

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The Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, one of five regional partnerships across Minnesota that connect local communities with University of Minnesota resources, is seeking applicants for membership on its board of directors. Photo courtesy of University of Minnesota Extension

WILLMAR — The Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership is seeking applicants for membership on its board of directors, according to a news release from the organization.

The Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership is one of five partnerships across Minnesota that connect local communities with University of Minnesota resources.

The board is composed of community volunteers from the region along with University of Minnesota faculty and staff.

The Southwest region includes the counties of Big Stone, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Douglas, Grant, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Pope, Redwood, Sibley, Renville, Rock, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Watonwan and Yellow Medicine, and shares geography with the Upper Sioux and Lower Sioux sovereign Native nations.

Board members work together to make decisions about how to invest resources in community-driven projects in four focus areas: sustainable agriculture and food systems, clean energy, resilient communities and natural resources. In particular, the Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership is currently seeking those with an interest in natural resources and sustainable agriculture.

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During three-year terms, board members participate in six board meetings each year and regular work group meetings.

More information can be found at z.umn.edu/rsdpboard .

To apply, complete the application linked from the bottom of that page. Board member applications are received on a rolling basis, but are preferred by June 3, 2021, for consideration this summer.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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