Keynotes

Minnesota Ice: How It Changed the Landscape

Friday, May 17

Dr. Carrie Jennings is the Research and Policy Director at Freshwater. She applies her geology background to the policy that Freshwater promotes in the areas of surface water pollution and groundwater sustainability.

She has mapped the surficial geology of half of the state during a 24-year, field-geologist career. She maintains a strong connection with the U of M where she did her MS and PhD. She is Adjunct in Earth Sciences; chairs their external Advisory Board and is a member of the faculty in the Water Resources Center. She has taught a field-oriented glacial geology course for the last 24 years and mentors graduate students across the U campuses. Jennings has twice been elected Town Board Supervisor and has served on the Planning Commission for Eureka Township, Dakota County where she kept water and the environment a priority in ordinance writing and planning in this agricultural community. She served on the North Cannon Watershed Management Organization and was their representative to the Policy Committee for Cannon River One Watershed One Plan process.

 

Telling Stories About Water

Sunday, May 19

Kirsti Marohn is an award-winning journalist who has spent two decades telling stories to help Minnesotans better understand the natural world. She is a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio News based in central Minnesota, where she writes stories about the environment and water, with a focus on the Upper Mississippi River watershed. She grew up on a lake in the Brainerd area and graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in journalism and history. She spent 18 years as a reporter at the St. Cloud Times, where she covered state and local government and environmental issues. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, biking, traveling and spending as much time outdoors as possible, including yearly trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. She lives in Brainerd with her husband and two teenage daughters.

 

Dr. Carrie Jennings

Carrie Jennings

Research and Policy Director - Freshwater

Kristi Marohn

Kirsti Marohn

Reporter, Minnesota Public Radio