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Wenzel to Head Rural Policy & Development Center Board
Minnesota Ag Connection - 02/05/2019

The Center for Rural Policy and Development, Mankato, announced the election of Steve Wenzel of Little Falls, Minn., as the chairman of its board of directors.

The Center is a non-partisan, not-for-profit policy research organization dedicated to benefiting Minnesota by providing its policy makers with unbiased information and evaluation of issues from a rural perspective.

Wenzel, a lifelong resident of Little Falls, has dedicated his professional career to public service and advancing the betterment of Greater Minnesota. First elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1972, Wenzel served continuously until August 2001 when he was appointed by President George W. Bush to be Minnesota state director of Rural Development in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a position he served in until January 2009.

While as a member of the Minnesota Legislature, Rep. Wenzel served on the House Agriculture Committee for 29 years and served as its chairman for 16 years while representing Morrison and Crow Wing counties. His focus on rural economic development issues, greater Minnesota infrastructure and higher education funding found him to be consistently regarded as one of the areas most devoted public servants by his constituents.

"I am very honored to have been elected Chairman of the Center for Rural Policy and Development. This is truly a great organization whose board members and staff are strongly committed to advancing the best interests of rural Minnesota," said Wenzel. "I will do my very best to advance the goals and objectives of the Center and that will improve the economy and quality of life for the people of rural Minnesota."

"Steve Wenzel's leadership to the Center for Rural Policy and Development is emblematic of his commitment to public service in Minnesota," said Julie Tesch, president and CEO of the Center of Rural Policy and Development, "He is authentic, pragmatic and always in search of new research to help make Minnesota a better place to live for generations to come."

Currently, Wenzel is a professor of political science at Central Lakes College in Brainerd and also serves as eExecutive director of the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government.

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