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Extension Committee

The mission of the St. Louis County Extension Committee is to make a difference by connecting community needs and university resources to address critical issues in St. Louis County. We do this by involving people in improving the quality of life and enhancing the economy and the environment through education and applied research.

The Minnesota State Legislature established County Extension Committees in 1923. The 2002 Minnesota County Extension Law is outlined in Minnesota State Statute 38.33 through 38.38.

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St. Louis County Extension Committee:
Auditor Nancy Nilsen
Commissioner Keith Nelson
Commissioner Frank Jewell
Jim Takala, Chair
Doug Hoffbauer, Vice Chair
Mark Baumann
Karen Brodeen
Jay Juten
Richard Pierce
Gary Rantala
Jordy Sargent


The County Extension Committee consists of eleven members, including two members of the County Board, the County Auditor and eight county residents that are appointed by the County Board;  County Extension Committee members serve three-year terms.
The County Extension Committee is responsible for the following duties: 
Program Development and Evaluation:  County Extension Committee meetings are held regularly throughout the year to provide Extension staff with input and recommendations for County Extension work.


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