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Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force

Active dates:April 2020 -

The DNR and Explore Minnesota, in partnership with the Governor’s Office, selected task force members out of a pool of 140 applicants. The agencies reviewed applications and considered the needs of the task force through several lenses, including the variety of interests that are directly or indirectly related to outdoor recreation, such as non-motorized and motorized outdoor activities, economic development and tourism, health, education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion." (Outdoor News, May 1, 2020)

The 20-person task force was set to meet via WebEx for the first time on Tuesday, April 28.


Twenty members: 

• Reinaldo Aponte, adventures director, The Loppet Foundation.

• Mary Bauer, registered nurse, VA Medical Center, representative of the Minnesota Canoe Association and Minnesota Ski League.

• Steven JR Burke, director of government affairs, Polaris.

• Elliot Christensen, tobacco prevention coordinator, Lower Sioux Indian Community.

• Megan Christianson, executive director, Visit Grand Rapids.

• Katy Friesz, corporate responsibility, Winnebago Industries.

• Matt Gruhn, president, Marine Retailers Association of the Americas.

• Aaron Hautala, Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew.

• Breanne Hegg, vice president, programs for Girl Scouts River Valleys.

• Joe Henry, executive director, Lake of the Woods Tourism.

• Hansi Johnson, director, Recreational Lands for Minnesota Land Trust.

• Greg Lais, founder, director, Strategic Initiatives.

• Perry May, director at large, All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota.

• Sarah Milligan-Toffler, executive director, Children and Nature Network.

• Mark Norquist, founder, Modern Carnivore.

• Stephen Regenold, founder and publisher,

• Mollika Sajady, DO, MPH, University of Minnesota Health.

• Naomi Sam, coordinator and director, Cultural Resources for the Mille Lacs Band DNR.

• Asha Shoffner, founder, Fiwygin Outdoors.

• Steven Voltz, store manager, REI Roseville.

Record last updated: 07/30/2020

Additional print information on this group may be available in the Library's collection of agency notebooks. Please contact a librarian for assistance. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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