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Commission Members Annual Meeting



Meeting 2018

The Northwest Regional Development Commission (NWRDC) is a body of 23 local elected officials and eight public interest members that represent counties, cities, townships, school districts and special interest groups who have formed a special purpose unit of government, as authorized by the Regional Development Act of 1969, to “develop plans and implement programs which address growth and development issues” in Northwest Minnesota.

Click here to download the Commission Nomination Form. 

The Commission appoints a board of directors made up of one member from each county and a chairperson elected at-large to conduct its monthly business.

The Commission also appoints advisory committees to help in setting specific program direction. Committees are active in Aging, Arts, Economic Development and Transportation.

The Commission has also entered into a cooperative agreement with the Northwest Minnesota Enterprise Fund Inc. to provide program guidance on the Revolving Loan Fund.

Commission Membership

* Board Member    ** Chairperson

Kittson County

Dr. Joe Bouvette**         Hallock                         Counties

Kimberley Johnson*      Kennedy                       Townships

David Treumer                Hallock                         Municipalities

Loren Younggren            Hallock                         Counties

Marshall County

Gary Kiesow*                 Goodridge                     Counties

Loren Lusignan              Grygla                           Townships

Gail Yutrzenka                 Argyle                           School Boards

Richard Mosher              Grygla                           Municipalities

Norman County

Nathan Redland*           Halstad                         Counties

Sharon Josephson         Fertile                           Townships

Kari Kirschbaume          Gary                              Municipalities

Lucas Spaeth                  Halstad                         School Boards

Pennington County

Bruce Lawrence*            Thief River Falls          Counties
Dave Erickson                 Thief River Falls          Townships

Brian Holmer                   Thief River Falls           Municipalities

Elvera Cullen                   Thief River Falls           At Large

Dante Steele                    Thief River Falls           Minorities  

Polk County

Warren Strandell*           East Grand Forks       Counties

Keith Sistad                      Fosston                        Townships

Toby Strom                       McIntosh                     Municipalities

Gerald Amiot                    Crookston                    Labor

Gerald Jacobson              Fertile                           Seniors
Kathleen Twite                 East Grand Forks       Business

Norma Campos               East Grand Forks       Minorities

Red Lake County

Ronald Weiss*                 Red Lake Falls            Watershed District

John Dudycha                  Plummer                      Counties

Kevin Reich                      Red Lake Falls            Townships

Jim DuChamp                  Plummer                      Municipalities

Roseau County

Daryl Wicklund*              Badger                         County

Debra Wiskow                 Greenbush                   Townships

Joe Bouvette Headshot
 Dr. Joe Bouvette 
A message from our

When the Minnesota Regional Development Act was passed 
50 years ago in 1969, the intent was to create local organizations that would provide services and programs in response to unique regional needs.


In Northwest Minnesota, although demographic data still reflect a somewhat declining and aging population, it exhibits sound strengths in agriculture, manufacturing and health care. 

The NWRDC is responding to these trends through its Area Agency on 
Aging program, providing services to older Minnesotans so they can stay in their own homes as long as possible, delivering programs that help the elderly and their caregivers maintain
a good quality of life and helping Medicare recipients to understand their options, among many other offerings. The same is true of our other programs: Emergency Operations Planning is provided to 14 counties who have specifically requested our assistance, adding to the disaster preparation and resiliency of the region; the Enterprise Loan Fund last year alone provided more than $900,000 in low interest loans to new and expanding businesses, growing jobs and wealth in our area; the Transportation program teams 
with MnDOT and provides funds and 
planning to expand active living, 
trails, highway improvements and educational opportunities;  the Arts program provides exposure to world 
renowned artists, promotes cultural events and provides grant funding to further the student and adult artistic 
experience; and the Economic and 
Community Development programs have provided grantwriting for 
emergent business development, 
technical assistance for zoning and 
planning and connections to state 
and federal programs that can grow 
our possibilities. Behind it all is a 
solid financial and front office staff 
that is the glue that holds this 
team together.


The work of the NWRDC is wide-
ranging and vital to the future of all 
the communities it serves. We are 
proud to share the results of our 
accomplishments with you.

Thank you for your support!

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