District Board managers:

  • Stuart
    Stuart Christian is self-employed. He enjoys spending time with his wife Penny and their 4 daughters, Kalie, Andrea, Mariah, and Natalie. They enjoyed the outdoors and take advantage of skiing, snowmobiling and all lake activities.  Manager Christian has been involved in the Sand Hill River Watershed District since 1999 and enjoys working with public issues and meeting with civic leaders.
  • Scott
    Scott Balstad,
    vice chair
    Scott Balstad farms corn, wheat, beans, potatoes, and beets  in rural Fosston with his father and brothers.  He and his wife Marlys have two daughters.  In their spare time, they are busy with school activities such as swimming, speech, basketball, and 4-H.  Scott joined the watershed in 2010 and looks forward to doing his part to participate in water conservation.
  • JJ
    JJ Hamre,
    JJ farms west of Beltrami with his wife and three daughters. His hobbies include motorcycling, fishing, cooking with his wife, and just hanging out with family. He thought being part of the Sand Hill River Watershed District would be a great learning experience. JJ says water is an important part of our lives and affects us all in some way or another. As a member of the watershed he hopes to learn ways to improve water quality, drainage and flood prevention.
  • Phillip
    Phillip Swenson,
    Phillip Swenson farms Southeast of Fertile and during the off season drives school bus for the Fertile-Beltrami School district.  He and his wife reside in Fertile and share three sons.  Aside from his family, Manager Swenson enjoys driving motorcycle and traveling.  He began as a watershed manager in 2012 and is looking forward to improving water quality and being involved in drainage issues in the district.
  • Roger
    Roger Hanson and his wife Shirley farm near Beltrami, MN, and have two children and 6 grandchildren. The Hanson’s enjoy fishing, reading and travel.  Hanson has been involved in the Sand Hill River Watershed District since 1978. Hanson says serving a community need makes being a Sand Hill Watershed representative worth while and enjoys being able to work in an area of interest.


Name Address County Contact Term Held First Appt. Office Expires
Stuart Christian 39261 Woodside Dr. SE
Erskine, MN 56535
Polk (218) 687-3570 Chair 9/23/99 1/1/19
Scott Balstad 33393 420th Street SE
Fosston, MN 56542
Polk (218) 435-2173 Vice-Chair 5/17/10 1/1/18
Phillip Swenson 4253 340th Avenue
Fertile, MN 56540
Polk (218) 945-6223
Treasurer 5/17/12 1/1/18
JJ Hamre 26572 433rd Street SW
Beltrami, MN 56517
Polk (218) 926-5201 Secretary 1/1/17 1/1/20
Roger Hanson 24112 440th Street SW
Beltrami, MN 56517
Polk (218) 926-5770   5/17/78 1/1/20