New DNR commissioner chats with Outdoor News [audio]

Gov.-elect Tim Walz on Thursday named Sarah Strommen of Plymouth the new DNR commissioner. The former mayor of the City of Ramsey and a DNR assistant commissioner under Gov. Mark Dayton, Strommen will be the first woman to lead the agency.

Outdoor News Managing Editor Rob Drieslein interviewed Strommen by phone briefly this afternoon for next week’s edition of Outdoor News Radio. The discussion focused mostly on Strommen’s background but also touched on topics like mentored hunting, chronic wasting disease, and the long-simmering DNR duck plan.

A press release from the office of Gov.-elect Tim Walz provided the following bio information about the new commissioner:

Sarah Strommen, 46, brings more than 20 years of experience to the DNR, with a focus on integrating the field of biological science with citizen education and public policymaking. After graduating college, Sarah used a Fulbright research scholarship to do field work in Costa Rica, and subsequently earned her Master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University. She brings decades of experience in different sectors as the incoming Commissioner of the Minnesota DNR. Working in the nonprofit sector, Sarah served as the policy director for Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and as associate director of the Minnesota Land Trust. She joined the State of Minnesota in 2012, serving as the assistant director and acting deputy director for the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. Since 2015, Sarah has served as assistant commissioner for the divisions of Fish and Wildlife and Parks and Trails at the DNR. After serving several terms on the city council, Sarah was elected as mayor of Ramsey in 2012 – an office she held until May 2018. While in public office, she worked to develop innovative and effective ways of engaging citizens in the local decision-making process. Sarah grew up in St. Paul and received her Bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College. She now lives in Plymouth with her husband, son, and two dogs.

In the interest of transparency, the incoming Walz-Flanagan administration released the names of the other finalists considered for the position. They were Tom Landwehr and Keith Parker.

Strommen’s Twitter handle contains many posts from Minnesota’s out-of-doors, including this shot of her hoisting a healthy walleye at the 2018 Governor’s Fishing Opener in Willmar.

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