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U of M, Crookston Senior Holly Sandberg to receive Student Conservationist Award from Soil and Water Conservation Society
March 17, 2009

Contact: Dan Svedarsky, head, Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8129, (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Holly Sandberg, Rockert, Minn., a senior water resource management student at
Senior Holly Sandberg, Rochert Minn.,is named 2009 Student Conservationist.
Senior Holly Sandberg, Rochert Minn.,is named 2009 Student Conservationist.
theUniversity of Minnesota, Crookston will receive the 2009 Student Conservationist and Scholarship Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. The award will be presented in April at the professional organization’s annual meeting at Cabela’s in Rogers, Minn. The award consists of a plaque and a $500 cash award. This marks the sixth time in the last eight years that a U of M, Crookston student has received this prestigious honor.

According to Sandberg, “I look forward to applying my passion for natural resources to help educate landowners on new ways to help them get the most out of their land and at the same time keep their land as healthy environmentally as possible. By attending the annual meeting of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, I will have the opportunity to be educated on so many different levels that I will not only be able to use as I head into the professional world but also to help educate other students.  It is not only the landowners who need to be updated on new issues, but the upcoming professionals as well.” 

“Holly attended two previous universities before transferring to the U of M, Crookston where she has really found herself and has excelled as a student both academically and as a leader,” according to Dan Svedarsky, Ph.D., professor and head of the Natural Resources Department.

An active student, Sandberg is president of the U of M, Crookston Natural Resources Club and vice president of the Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society and recently attended the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Sandberg currently balances her classes and working part-time with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Bemidji, Minn., field office. In the summer of 2008, she worked as a park ranger, with the Corps at the Gull Lake Dam in Minnesota.

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