Staff

Kevin Ruud

Administrator

kevin(at)wildricewatershed.org

Kevin Ruud became the administrator of The Wild Rice Watershed District in October 2010. He works to guide the ship. Kevin believes that there is a solution to every problem, and his background in emergency management gives him the ability to calm situations that can often arise when dealing with water issues.

Although his early years were spent in Aurora, Minnesota, on the Iron Range, Kevin was actually born in Ada and has lived most of his life in Norman County. Prior to his post at Wild Rice Watershed District, Kevin was the Environmental Services Officer for Norman County. At that position he was in charge of emergency management, planning and zoning, and solid waste for the county.

Kevin and his wife of 39 years, Diane, live in Twin Valley. They have three grown children and enjoy spending time playing with their grandchildren. An admitted golfaholic, Kevin enjoys playing golf at courses in the area.

Tara Jensen

Bookkeeper/Secretary

tara(at)wildricewatershed.org

Tara Jensen joined the Wild Rice Watershed District in November 2013. She is responsible for bookkeeping, preparing financial documents for the Board of Directors, assembling Board information, and taking notes at board meetings.

A native of Borup, Minnesota, Tara graduated from Ada-Borup High School and held various secretarial jobs before furthering her education. She obtained an associate’s degree in accounting from Rasmussen College. In addition to her love of numbers, returning to school reinstated Tara's passion for writing. She enjoys being able to utilize her writing abilities in her role with the WRWD.

When she is not working for the WRWD, Tara enjoys her part-time positions as parish secretary for her church and occasionally assisting with her family's farming operation.  She also volunteers for various community organizations.

Tara and her husband Brad have two small children, Jack and Kysa. They reside in rural Clay County, less than five miles from the family farm where Tara grew up. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, crocheting, and writing about the almost always comical adventures of raising young children.

Nikki Swenson

Administrative Assistant

nikki(at)wildricewatershed.org

Nikki started working at the Wild Rice Watershed District in May 2016. Her duties include: assisting customers, answering the phone, payroll, and sending and receiving emails.   But her job entails more than just clerical duties.  She is also responsible for permitting, state and federal reporting, the m-files system, and creating maps.

Nikki grew up in Ada, Minnesota, where she graduated from Ada-Borup High School.  She attended college in Moorhead and graduated with a Bookkeeping Diploma.  She has worked at a couple childcare centers in the Fargo area, Head Start in Hendrum and Crookston, and most recently Frandsen Bank & Trust - Ada.  She is excited to have a new challenge and opportunity working with Environmental issues.

Nikki lives in the country near Borup.  Her and her husband, Carl, have 2 children together, Molly and Bryce, and a nephew that lives with them, Dusty.  They also have 2 dogs.  In her free time she is at the lake spending time with family and friends.  She also enjoys crafting projects and crocheting.