Thomas Hark’s Corps experience stretches back to the federal Youth Conservation Corps, where he served as a crew leader in 1979 in Young Harris, Ga. It was an experience that changed his life. Hark applied to Minnesota’s state youth program a few years later and was hired as the camp director in 1984 and 1985.
Neva Widner’s experience as a corps member in the Conservation Apprenticeship Academy during its inaugural year led to a quick and fortuitous opportunity. Widner served in the Carlton County Soil & Water Conservation District in the summer 2011, working directly with the District’s water resources coordinator. Her service ranged from water quality monitoring to wetland delineations to surveying streams and runoff on farms. Recently, when her former supervisor left Carlton SWCD, Widner was hired to fill the position of Water Resources Technician.
Lamonte (Monty) Dehn was a member of the original Civilian Conservation Corps, helping build Minnesota’s state parks in the late 1930s and early 1940s. After his CCC experience, Monty served as a Hennepin County sheriff’s detective.
Rolf Hagberg served as camp director for both the Youth Conservation Corps and Young Adult Conservation Corps when they were federal programs in the 1970s. In the late 1990s, he helped found the nonprofit “Friends of the Minnesota Conservation Corps,” which assumed operation of MCC (now Conservation Corps Minnesota) in 2003; he then served as MCC’s development director. Rolf has been a professional photographer for more than 20 years.