Board of Supervisors

SWCD Board Supervisors play an important role in determining how soil and water resources are managed within the county.  They work cooperatively with local, state, and federal partners to establish soil and water conservation policy. SWCD’s serve as a focal point for identifying and addressing natural resource issues. They are elected or appointed to serve 4 year terms.

Supervisors meet monthly in Virginia to discuss the business of the SWCD, including state grant allocations to landowners, district conservation priorities, coordination with other local units of government and state agencies, and legislative priorities. Supervisors do not receive a salary, although they do receive $125 in compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for related expenses. The board meeting date and time is set annually by the board. The regular meeting is currently the second Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the District Office. 

Terms for nomination districts 2, 4 and 5 expire on 12/31/2024. Terms for nomination districts 1 and 3 expire on 12/31/2026.

3 seats up for election in November. File for office by 5 p.m. on June 4.

Here are some resources that may be helpful as you consider candidacy for the SWCD office of Supervisor. You must live in (or move within 30 days of winning) nomination districts 2, 4, or 5 to file for the respective opening. File between May 21st and June 4 with the St. Louis County Auditor’s office

What does it take to be an SWCD Supervisor?
Becoming a Candidate for SWCD Supervisor
Frequently Asked Questions


Meet Our Current SWCD Supervisors

  • Peggy Pearson

    District 1, Chair


    Peggy Pearson
  • Gary Rantala

    District 2, Vice-Chair


    Gary Rantala
  • Frank Modich

    District 3, Supervisor


    Frank Modich
  • Charles Bainter

    District 4, Treasurer


    Charles Bainter
  • Mark Peterson

    District 5, Secretary


    Mark Peterson
North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District

505 3rd St N, Ste A,
Virginia, MN 55792
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4 Monday-Friday and by appointment

Upcoming Board Meetings

Wednesday, August 14th at 10:30 a.m.
This meeting will be held in-person at the SWCD office. A link is available to join virtually by contacting Anita at least 2 hours prior to the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

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