Oliver Soil Conservation District

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Our Board and Staff

Board Chairman Kendal Price.  Kendal is a Customer Service Assistant for Farm Credit Services of Mandan. she was elected to the Oliver SCD board in 2021. Her and her husband Gary farm and ranch a couple miles from Price, ND. 

Board Vice Chairman Daryn Karges.    Daryn was first appointed to the Oliver SCD Board in January of 2022 Daryn and his wife Sarah run a diversified cow/calf and small grain operation.  Their operation in headquartered 5 miles west and 5.5 miles north of Hannover, ND

Lonnie Henke Supervisor.  Lonnie operates a diversified grain and livestock farm west of Hannover ND.  He raises spring wheat, sunflowers, corn, oats, barley, flax, canola, peas, alfalfa and grass hay in a no-till rotational system. Henke's livestock operation includes a cow/calf and back grounding program. Henke as served on the SCD board since 2006.

Mike Bauer Supervisor. Mike and his wife Beverly reside in Mandan ND, their farming operation is located in south western Oliver County.  Bauer has served on the SCD board since 1993

Mikael Schmidt Supervisor. Mikael and his wife Jaden  farm and ranch east of Center.  Mikael graduated from Dickinson State University with a degree in Natural Resources Management, with minors in soil, ag business, and animal sciences before joining his grandfather, father, and uncle operating the farm.  He took over control of the operation in 2005.  Mikael and jaden have three children twins William and Claire, and their younger brother Jacob.  Mikael enjoys talking cows, crops, and tractors.   
District Manager, JD Hanson - is a graduate from NDSU with a Bachelor Degree in Natural Resources Management, and an associates degree from MSU- Bottineau in Wildlife Management. JD and his wife Lacey reside in Center ND with their three children Lennon, Maddux, and Emersyn. JD was first hired by the District in 2006 as the District Technician.  In 2012 he took over the role of District Manager.  He has been very active with the ND Conservation District Employees Association Board, serving three terms as an area director. He also currently assists with the technical reviews of applications for the ND Statewide Conservation Tree Planting Initiative, funded by the Outdoor Heritage Fund.  In 2015 JD was recipient of the District Employee Award given out by the ND Association of Soil Conservation Districts for outstanding service to the Oliver Soil Conservation District.  JD also prides himself on his community service, he has been a member of the Oliver County Rural Fire Department since 2006 and is currently Assistant Chief.  He also served as an elected member of the Center City Council and Center Park Board for over 12 years.  In his free time JD likes to spend his time on the water fishing with his family, or laying in a goose blind waiting for the birds to approach. 


Pictured here are the OSCD Board of Supervisors with District Manager JD Hanson, who received the ND Association of Soil Conservation Districts award for Outstanding District Employee in 2015. 

Left to right are: Dale Berg, Alan Schwalbe, Mike Bauer, JD Hanson, LeAnn Harner and Lonnie Henke.

NRCS Staff

NRCS District Conservationist - Chet Zapxalka  grew up in Central Minnesota with a passion for the outdoors, which lead him to pursue a degree in Natural Resources Management a NDSU. Previously he was the watershed coordinator for Morton County SCD,   "I look forward to working with producers and landowners in Oliver County to help them address various resource concerns they have on their farm or ranch"

NRCS Soil Conservationist - Corey Mathies

Corey graduated from the University of Crookston with a degree in Natural Resource Management. Before taking the position with The Lake Sakakawea CDU in Center, he worked for the North Dakota Parks and Rec at the Cross Ranch State Park.  Corey is originally from Watkins Minnesota and is excited to meet and work with all of the producers in the CDU. 

Kristine Wilkens - Farm Bill Specialist serving McLean, Oliver and Sheridan counties; stationed at the Garrison Field since July of 2020

I grew up on a small grain farm near Boissevain, Manitoba. I received my bachelor’s degree with a major in Geography from Brandon University in 2011.  In 2014, I earned my diploma as a Land & Water Management Environmental Technician from Assiniboine Community College.

I met my husband, Brandon, at the State Fair in 2010, we married in 2015 and I have been a permanent North Dakota resident since 2018.  I have since increased my love for the outdoors, growing my own garden, fishing on Lake Sakakawea, bow hunting white tail deer, calling coyotes with my husband and raising our husky shepherd pup, Tikka.