From the Chairman....

by Doug Kolodzienski

First let me introduce myself. My name is Doug Kolodzienski. I will be PERM’s new chairman of the board for fiscal year 2004. I am a long time supporter and member of PERM. I was elected to the board in 2003. If you have attended our various events or visited our booth at one of the sport shows and county fairs, you may have seen or spoken to me.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members and supporters, as well as the many businesses that have donated to our events we put on each year. I also want to thank the organizations that have supported PERM over the years. Without your help we would not be as successful as we have been with our efforts to promote balanced solutions to natural resource management issues.

PERM is proud of what we have accomplished over the years. The most current project we have worked on is trying to find a better way to manage the fishery at Mille Lacs Lake. The new regulations for 2004 make more biological senses, and are friendlier to anglers and resort owners. The DNR has adopted most of our recommendations, but we are still pushing for further reform. Please see the update on your responses to Joe Fellegy’s resolutions for Mille Lacs.

Please feel free to contact me at any time. I can be reached at the PERM Office at 763-441-6869 or savemn@perm.org.

I want to encourage everyone keep up the good work! Continue to support PERM.