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Apr 15

Buffer Strips, a Hello from Ryan Hiniker & Project Updates

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 4:24 PM by Acacia Wytaske

The MN Board of Water & Soil Resources (BWSR) is currently seeking public comment on the key components of the BWSR Buffer and Excessive Soil Loss Programs. Comments are being accepted through 4:30PM on May 4th, 2016. The request for comments and information on the programs is available on the BWSR Buffer Program website:

Speaking of buffers, check out the measuring bar Rice Soil and Water Conservation District (RSWCD) had fabricated for their Polaris Ranger. Using the ranger with the measuring bar attached, is one way to quickly check buffer strip widths. Photo Credit: Steven R Pahs, RSWCD District Manager

Project Updates:

(Vernon Center Township) - Ryan visited the project site this week with Pat, ISG Project Inspector.  After a wet start to the project, the contractor, Hulstein Excavating has been successful with making for lost time.

(Danville Township) - Ryan stopped out at the site and spoke with the contractor, Ground Works. East side of the road was just getting wrapped up.

This week, the ditch viewer team started the Redetermination of Benefits on CD53 (Garden City & Vernon Center Townships) & JD17 (Garden City Township)

Hello from Ryan Hiniker, Drainage Management Specialist:

As announced last week, my name is Ryan Hiniker.  I was born and raised in the Mankato area and have stayed in the area most of my life.  I currently reside in the Mankato hilltop area with my family. I’m an avid outdoorsman and enjoy both hunting and fishing when I can find time.        

Here's a quick snapshot of where my career started and how I got here.  Back in 1999, I started with a local land surveying company where I cut my teeth in the world of property and engineering.  I started out as an understudy to one of the crew chiefs for my first 5 to 6 years, until I was properly trained enough to take over the crew chief duties myself.  I was actively involved in all types of surveys, from normal property surveys to complex construction surveys.  Growing up in the area and my survey career that lasted from 1999 – 2010, I have a very good knowledge of Blue Earth County and surrounding areas.   

My most recent employment was for a large agricultural retail firm, where I was a seed manager at a facility.  Although I was the seed manager, I also had responsibilities with all things Ag retail, including chemical and fertilizer sales, driving large equipment and spent a lot of my time out in the field doing agronomy work. 

I look forward to my new chapter in life with Blue Earth County and feel very confident and comfortable in my new role. Under the guidance of Craig Austinson, I have no doubt that we will continue as a successful drainage management team.  I look forward to meeting many great people and to serving my county to the best of my abilities.

Ryan Hiniker
Drainage Management Specialist

Casey Wytaske