VALLEY CITY, ND (NewsDakota.com) -The following is a press release from Ron Manson.
“Biography: Married to Heather Manson and has three children, Justin, Jada and Josie and 2 dogs Jessy and Sioux. Local Barnes County resident living in Sanborn, parents Ron and Dolores Manson, graduating from Valley City High School in 1988. Member of Valley City Eagles Aerie 2192, Ducks Unlimited and Barnes County Wildlife club.
Attends: Connect Church in Valley City.
Likes: fishing, the outdoors, cooking, karaoke, helping others and visiting friends.
Education: Attended Trinity Bible College, UND and VCSU. Studied wildlife biology and human resource management.
Served in the local Army National Guard unit from 1989.
Career: For most of my adult life, I have had the opportunity and privilege to work at both the Open Door Center in Valley City and Alpha Opportunities in Jamestown, working weekends and nights to provide services to people with disabilities. My wife and I have worked in this field for many years, with many different people and in many different contexts. Working in these environments gave me my first taste of servitude to others and putting their needs before my own.
I started working for the USFWS as a biologist in the mid 90’s in Jamestown ND. In 1997 I started working for the Stutsman County Weed Board as a seasonal employee. Then in 2006 I became a weed control officer in Stutsman County and have been in that position and department head for 16 years. Along with these duties of my job, I was fortunate to be elected and have been serving on the state board of the Weed Control Association since 2007. In 2014, I was elected to a term on the North American Invasive Species Management Association Board of Directors. (National Weed Control Board)
As a Weed Control Officer in Stutsman County, one of my strengths in this job has been to develop partnerships and positive relationships with state and federal agencies as well as various councils and officers. of weed control throughout the state. One of the most important tasks of my job is seeking grants to fund my county’s weed control efforts. These funds are greater than what my commissioners give me from the taxes levied each year in Stutsman County. Most grants typically require partnerships and/or agreements with other government agencies. I currently work with many agencies, such as ND Department of Ag, NDSU Research and Extension, ND Game and Fish, ND Dept of Transportation, ND Dept. of Trust Lands, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, US Army Corp. of Engineers, US Bureau of Land management, City of Jamestown advancing my county’s noxious weed efforts. I also work with private industry partners such as Corteva, where I conducted chemical research for the development of new noxious weed herbicides. I’ve also served on an advisory board for DuPont Chemistry in the past. Working with other government and private entities is important to my job at Stutsman County Weed Control, and I also consider him a Barnes County Commissioner.
Business: In addition to the hours of a “9-5” job, I am also the business owner of R&H Maintenance and Lawncare. A business started in 2003, with our first contract with the US Army Corp of Engineers to mow and maintain buildings at the campgrounds around Lake Ashtabula for 11 years. Along with that, we moved snow during the winter for Valley Rental Service and owned Valley Lawn Applications. We no longer move snow or provide lawn care, but we do continue to provide cleaning services to commercial buildings in our area. We currently spend every evening cleaning a local school.
My success in my job as a department head and as a business owner over the years can be attributed to my ability to hire the right people and instill in them a sense of importance and responsibility. It’s really the people working alongside you that make or break you. Their knowledge, work ethic, energy and most importantly their willingness to be part of a team to get the job done makes my job easy.
Staff who have worked with me usually move on to other careers after spending a few summers mowing or weed-spraying with me. Those on my list who have become “bigger and better” include: 3 County Weed Control Officers, 2 Physicians, 2 Assistant Weed Control Officers, Soil Conservation District Manager, ND Game and Fish. 2 superintendents, a middle school counselor, 4 teachers, 3 agronomists, an administrator for Enbridge Pipeline, technology manager, 2 insurance agents, 2 bankers, 2 nurses, 2 HS football coaches, 2 college sports coaches, one that helped form the United States Olympic team, and many others that have evolved with continued success.
What I bring to this candidacy for Barnes County Commissioner representing District 4 is a career of service, leadership, hard work and knowledge of how local government works and what it takes to fund services provided by a county. But more importantly, the desire to support the people needed to manage and fill these positions across the county. »
Ron Manson will face two other candidates in the District 4 Primary Commissioners race on June 14. Barry Borg and titular Vickie Lovell. Borg and Lovell are encouraged to email their biography, political philosophy and a photo of themselves to [email protected] to post on NewsDakota.com ahead of the June 14 primary.