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Palo Alto County Conservation Board holds its regular monthly business meetings the 2nd Thursday of each month.  Meetings are held at 1 pm at the Farm Service Agency in Emmetsburg.
Conservation Board Members:
Tony Streit, West Bend
Tony farms near West Bend and has served on the Board since 2002.  Tony is proud to be part of conserving our natural resources and making outdoor recreation an appreciation to the citizens of Palo Alto County. 


Sam Henkelvig, Emmetsburg

Sam joined the County Conservation Board in 2008 with a lot of interest in conservation and commented,  "The County Conservation Board provides conservation and recreation opportunities for everyone to enjoy and strives to preserve habitat for future generations.  We need to create a legacy for our children.  I hope people take time to get outdoors and appreciate our natural resources." 


Gary Hughes, Emmetsburg
Vice Chair

Gary and his wife Marilyn moved to Emmetsburg in 1966.  Gary worked at the Iowa Trust & Savings Bank.  They have two girls Brenda and Julie who graduated from Emmetsburg High School.  Brenda lives in Spencer with her husband Mark Bauermeister and their two children.  Julie lives in Clear Lake with her husband Darron Jones and their two children.  Gary retired from the bank last year and enjoys time with grand children.  Gary also enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling and most outdoor activities.  Gary joined the Board in January 2005.
Darrin Adams, Emmetsburg

Darrin is a police office with the Emmetsburg Police Department.  He and his wife Tricia have lived near Emmetsburg for the past 12 years.  They have two children.  Darrin enjoys hunting, motorcycling, woodworking and spending time with his family.  He is Chairman for the Palo Alto County Pheasants Forever, and has been a hunter safety instructor for the past 8 years.  Darrin joined the Board in July 2007.




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