RECOGNIZING STEARNS COUNTY FOR WATER CONSERVATION; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 120
(House of Representatives - July 17, 2019)

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           RECOGNIZING STEARNS COUNTY FOR WATER CONSERVATION

  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from 
Minnesota (Mr. Emmer) for 5 minutes.
  Mr. EMMER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Stearns County Soil 
and Water Conservation District for receiving the Source Water 
Protection Award for 2019.
  Each year, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Rural 
Water Association recognize water suppliers that conserve resources. 
This year, the Stearns County facility demonstrated its ability to go 
above and beyond to help save energy for the community.
  Over the course of the year, the Stearns County facility updated its 
wellhead protection activities and ensured its inventory met 
contamination standards. Because of practices like these, the 
constituents of Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District have access to 
safe drinking water.
  Additionally, these efforts worked to conserve water, saving money 
for the county and bettering the environment.

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  The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District has worked 
closely with grant programs to raise money for its efforts. The 
citizens of Stearns County have better access to the services they need 
because the district has put conservation and health first.
  Mr. Speaker, I congratulate the Stearns County Soil and Water 
Conservation District for this outstanding recognition. We are grateful 
for its work to help our district and the great State of Minnesota.


                         Recognizing Dan Stoltz

  Mr. EMMER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Dan Stoltz for 
receiving the HERBIE Award.
  This award from the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes 
individuals that exemplify the traits inspired by its namesake, Herb 
Brooks: humanitarian, enterprising, resilient, bold, inspirational, and 
ethical.
  Herb Brooks remains a Minnesota legend. As coach of the United States 
Olympic men's hockey team in 1980, he led them to their gold medal 
victory with his focus, determination, strong work ethic, and 
inspirational leadership.
  As CEO of Spire Federal Credit Union and in his everyday life, I can 
attest that Dan Stoltz channels the energy of our Minnesota legend, 
Herb Brooks.
  Mr. Speaker, I congratulate Dan for this well-deserved award. Our 
community appreciates the generosity he provides every day.


        Congratulating the Schlichtings, Farm Family of the Year

  Mr. EMMER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the Schlichting 
family for being named the University of Minnesota 2019 Farm Family of 
the Year.
  The Schlichting farm is a third-generation farm owned and operated by 
the Rick Schlichting family. His grandparents homesteaded in Rice, 
Minnesota, in the 1920s.
  Since then, Rick has taken pride in the land his family has worked 
and cared for by restoring some of the land to what it was like when 
his grandparents first settled the property. In fact, close to 70 acres 
have been reverted to original prairie.
  The Schlichtings are dedicated to stewardship. In 2016, they were 
honored with the Outstanding Conservationist Award by the Minnesota 
Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
  I am honored to represent farm families like the Schlichtings. They 
have dedicated themselves to preserving the land while doing their part 
to feed the world.
  Mr. Speaker, I congratulate Rick and his family for being named Farm 
Family of the Year.


                     Remembering Gabriele Grunewald

  Mr. EMMER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remember the incredible life 
of Gabriele Grunewald, who passed away far too early.
  Taken by a disease that has impacted the lives of nearly everyone we 
know, Gabriele was known by the world as an Olympic runner, star track 
athlete for the University of Minnesota, and someone who fought cancer 
every step of the way.
  She used her story and her struggle to share a message of hope. She 
did this by starting the Brave Like Gabe Foundation, which supports 
research on rare cancers.
  A cure is vital, but private and public dollars are necessary to fund 
this work, which is why we have and should continue to fund the 
National Institutes of Health.
  We did not have a cure in time for Gabriele or for all the other 
loved ones we have already lost, but if we continue to support medical 
research and innovation, a cure will be found, and we can save future 
generations from this awful disease.


          Thanking Brent Hales for His Service and Leadership

  Mr. EMMER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to thank Brent D. Hales for the 
service and leadership he provided to the University of Minnesota's 
Extension program. I am also grateful for his participation on my 
Agricultural Advisory Committee.
  Brent's service to agriculture in Minnesota has been amazing. His 
work to foster community development and innovation in agricultural 
production has served our State well.
  We have been lucky to benefit from his expertise and commitment. 
While we will miss him, I want to congratulate Brent for his new role 
as Penn State's director of extension. As he transitions out of this 
service to the University of Minnesota on July 31, we wish him the 
best.
  Mr. Speaker, I thank Brent, and congratulate him on his new 
opportunity.

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