By Sue Wiegrefe
For three days in November, the three newest Fillmore SWCD employees took part in training along with their counterparts from around the state at training organized by the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). Laura Christensen, district manager; Nikki Shaw, Water Management coordinator; and Sue Wiegrefe, administrative assistant attended a variety of sessions ranging from what resistance they might find from potential adopters of new practices, to how to track various funding sources more effectively in financial software, to how to identify native Minnesota grasses. The time between sessions was also valuable as an opportunity to learn the names, faces, and expertises of their counterparts around the state over meals and evening leisure activities. It was unanimously decided that the event was very worthwhile and perhaps even worth repeating as each of us delves more deeply into our new roles.