Kevin Ruud



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



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 four children. 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.

Tera Johnson

Administrative Assistant


Tera Johnson joined the Wild Rice Watershed District in February 2018. She is responsible for permitting, maintaining permit records, landowner concerns and payroll.

A native of Newfolden, Minnesota, Tera graduated from Marshall County Central High School and has held various jobs in sales, childcare and agriculture. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in University Studies from Minnesota State University of Moorhead. 

When Tera is not working for the WRWD, she enjoys being a farmwife and mother, spending time with her family and friends, volunteering at church, cooking, reading, cleaning, organizing and anything and everything vintage.  

Tera and her husband Chuck have one daughter who has brought so much joy and laughter to their lives. They reside on their family’s main farm in rural Norman County.