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, 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.

Stacy Purrington

Administrative Assistant


Stacy Purrington started at the Wild Rice Watershed District in September 2019 as the Administrative Assistant.  She is responsible for organizing permits, complaints, violations, maintenance needs and scheduling meetings. 

Born and raised in Montana, she started working for Transystems after graduating High School. As an Administrative Assistant, she worked in various departments including Accounting, Safety & Maintenance.   

In July 2017, Stacy and her son Ty moved to Ada. She married her husband Ben in February 2018 and they became a family of 6. 

Her first job in Ada was at Kelly’s Chrysler where she worked at the front desk and in Finance. She enjoyed learning a new field of work and meeting new people. 

Stacy enjoys spending time with family,  taking pictures, storm watching, and taking trips to Montana. She likes the peace and quiet of living in the country and also enjoys catching more fish than Ben.