The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District includes 28 counties within North Dakota. Each county elects a citizen to serve a four-year term as a member of the Garrison Diversion board of directors.
Ken Royse, Burleigh County - Chairman
Ken Royse has been a board member since 2005 and currently serves as chairman. In addition, Ken serves on the Executive Committee. Ken recently retired from his position as vice president and principal at Bartlett & West of Bismarck. He graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor of science in engineering. Throughout his career, Ken has worked for the State Water Commission, state highway department, Old West Regional Water Office and Public Service Commission. Ken belongs to various organizations and holds various offices, including: past chairman of Missouri River Joint Board, past chairman of the Burleigh County Water Resource Board, executive member and past president of North Dakota Water Users Association and executive board member and past president of the North Dakota Water Resource Board. Ken also serves on the North Dakota Water Education Board and was appointed by Governor Hoeven to serve on the Missouri River Task Force to deal with issues of the Missouri River. Ken is also a North Dakota representative to the Upper Missouri River Association. Ken and his wife, Kay, reside in Bismarck. They have three children.
Alan Walter, Ward County - First Vice Chairman
Alan Walter has been on the Garrison Diversion board since 2002, and is the first vice chairman of the board. He is a member of the Engineering & Operations Committee. Walter is a civil engineer and served the city of Minot from 1968 to 2012. He became the city’s public works director in 1992. Alan currently works at the Ackerman-Estvold engineering firm in Minot.
Walter is the president of the North Dakota Water Users Association board and is a member of the North Dakota Water Coalition. He was appointed to the North Dakota Air Quality board by former Governor Schafer and again by Governor Hoeven. He is a 2011 recipient of the Commodore Award, recognizing his efforts in the North Dakota water industry. He is also a retired member of the ND National Guard. Alan and his wife, Judy, have four children.
Ken Vein, Grand Forks County - Second Vice Chairman
Ken Vein, Grand Forks, was elected to the Garrison Diversion board in 2005. He currently serves as second vice chairman of the board and is also a member of the Red River Valley Committee. Ken is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. Ken is an active member of multiple organizations. He is the Vice President of the Grand Forks City Council, Vice Chair of the Lake Agassiz Water Authority, Vice Chair of the International Water Institute and a board member on the ND Water Coalition and the ND Water Users. He is also a past president of the UND Letterwinner Board. Ken was recently named director of design and construction of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.
Ken is the former Administrative Director for Plant and Facilities at Altru Health System and also workd for the City of Grand Forks as the City Engineer/Public Works Director for 16 years. Some of the awards and recognition Ken has received are Corps of Engineers Recognition of ‘97 Basin Flood Response Effort, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Achievement Award, North Dakota Water Wheel Award and the North Dakota Chapter of American Public Works Association President Service Award. Ken and his wife, Debra, have two sons.
Cliff Hanretty, McHenry County - Chairman, Missouri River Committee
Cliff Hanretty comes from Towner, where he lives and ranches. He has been on the board of directors since 1999, and currently serves on the Executive Committee and is chairman of the Missouri River Committee. In addition, Cliff is a member of the Engineering and Operations Committee. He also serves as chairman for the Eaton Flood Irrigation District and is a board member for the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. Cliff served in the U.S. Army for two years. Cliff and his wife, Mary, have three daughters and six grandchildren.
Michael Tweed, Eddy County - Chairman, Engineering & Operations Committee
Michael Tweed was elected to represent Eddy County. Mike began his service in 2013, and currently serves as the chairman of the Engineering & Operations Committee. Mike is an old hat in the water industry as he has been a longtime member of the Eddy County Water Resource Board and the Devils Lake Basin Water Board. In 2012, he received the Oarsman Award for his service to the Upper Sheyenne River Joint Water Resource Board. Mike farms near Tolna, where he also lives with his wife, Kathy. They have four children and two grandchildren.
Jay Anderson, Ransom County - Chairman, Red River Valley Committee
Jay began his service to the board of directors in 2013, representing Ransom County. He serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Red River Valley Committee. Jay works as the Senior Vice President of BankNorth in Lisbon. Jay has been involved with the water industry for many years, and serves on the Southeast Water Users board of directors. Prior to Southeast Water Users, Jay served the Ransom-Sargent Rural Water Board from 1994 to 2006. He is extensively involved in his Lisbon community. Jay and his wife, Terese, live on a farm near Lisbon and have two grown children and four grandchildren.
Mark Cook, Renville County - Chairman, Agriculture Committee
Mark Cook was appointed to the Garrison Diversion board in 2012 and serves as chairman of the Agriculture Committee. He was raised in Kenmare, ND, and began his agricultural career in 1979 when he took over the family farm near Kenmare. Mark is no stranger to the water industry as he has served on the Renville County Water Resource District since 1994. He is also the current president of the Kenmare Farmers Union Lumberyard. Mark and his wife, Kathy, recently took on a new venture when they purchased the Pizza Hub restaurant in Kenmare. While they are the owners/operators of the Pizza Hub, they still assist their son, a 4th generation farmer, on the farm. Mark and Kathy were married in 1975, and raised their family 22 miles northeast of Kenmare. They have four children and twelve grandchildren.
Bruce Klein, LaMoure County - Chairman, Recreation Committee
For the past 15 years, Bruce Klein has served LaMoure County as a commissioner, and in the 2016 election, he was selected to serve LaMoure County residents in a new capacity. Bruce is the newest LaMoure County director on the Garrison Diversion board, and serves as chairman of the Recreation Committee. Bruce grew up in rural LaMoure and received a B.S. from NDSU. He is a full-time farmer, working the family farm with his brother. Bruce and his wife, Crystal, have been married for 44 years and have three grown sons and three grandchildren. Bruce is an avid fisherman, and together, they enjoy camping and spending time with family.
Nancy Marquart, Nelson County - Chair, Public Relations Committee
Nancy Marquart was elected in the 2016 general election to represent Nelson County and fills the seat of her late husband, Dan Marquart. She is a member of the Executive Committee and serves as chair of the Public Relations Committee. Nancy is an asset to her community, deeply involved in serving her region. Along with her participation in Garrison Diversion, Nancy is also a Nelson County Commissioner, serves on the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center Board and the Nelson County Park Board. She is a graduate of Concordia St. Paul with a degree in Organizational Management and Communications. Nancy resides in Lakota.
Greg Bischoff, Barnes County
Greg Bischoff, Valley City, was elected to the board in 2016, replacing his father, the late Roger Bischoff, as the Barnes County Director serving on the Red River Valley Committee. Greg graduated from Valley City State University with a B.S. in Business Administration. Greg worked for Wyoming State Parks for 20 years before returning to Valley City in 2005 to be closer to his ailing parents. He is the owner of Allard Trophy Co. in Valley City and a member of the local Eagles Club. He’s an outdoorsman at heart and especially loves hunting and fishing. Greg also enjoys traveling to Alaska for an annual fishing trip and watching UND hockey.
David Johnson, Benson County
David has been on the board of directors since 1987 and serves on the Recreation Committee. He lives near Minnewaukan where he is a crop insurance agent and farms with his son, Derek. Dave is also a farm equipment dealer in Maddock. He has been active in both the Minnewaukan and Maddock communities, serving on several local boards over the years.
Kenny Rogers, Bottineau County
Kenny Rogers, a Maxbass native, was elected in 1997. He serves on the Public Relations Committee. He is a semi-retired farmer and is presently serving on the All Seasons Water Users District Board, the NAWS Advisory Board, Assiniboine River Basin Initiative, and the Missouri River Advisory Council. He is also chairman of the Lewis Township board and Bottineau County Township Officers Association. Kenny has served on the North Central Experiment Station Board, Bottineau County Crop Improvement Association, Bottineau County NDSU extension advisory board, Prairie Hope Church council and the Maxbass Rural Fire District board. He and his wife, Elaine, have two children.
Roger Fenstad, Cass County
Roger Fenstad was elected to represent Cass County on Garrison Diversion’s board of directors. Roger began his service in 2011 and is a member of the Red River Valley Committee. Roger is a retired civil engineer formerly employed with Moore Engineering in West Fargo. Roger has been active within his community, serving in various capacities on school and church committees, as well as holding positions with the American Council of Engineering Companies of ND. He has received several honors over the years, including the ND Chapter of the American Public Works Association President Service Award and ACEC ND Lifetime Achievement Award. Roger lives in West Fargo with his wife, Jan. They have four adult children and five grandchildren.
Norm Haak, Dickey County
Norman Haak has served on the Garrison Diversion board of directors since 1987, serving as chairman of the board from 1997-2000. Currently, Norman is a member of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Norman served in the United States Navy from 1961-1964; he also attended the Commercial Trades Institute.
In addition to the Garrison Diversion board, multiple other water organizations have benefitted from Norm’s participation throughout the years. Since 1999, Norm has participated as a board member of the ND Water Users Association, also serving as board President from 2012-2015. He has been committed to the ND Water Education Foundation since 2000. Norm has given his time to the ND Water Resource Districts Association board since 2013 and is also a committed member of the Dickey County Water Resource District, and the ND Irrigation Association board. He is the current President of the Upper Missouri Water Association. Norm spent 20 years on the Advisory Committee of the Family Farm Alliance as the primary representative from North Dakota, where he was instrumental in strengthening relationships with water users along the Upper Missouri River system. He has been recognized with the Soil Conservation Award from the James River Conservation District, Commodore in the North Dakota Mythical Navy from the ND Water Users Association, Quality Environment Award from the Upper Missouri Water Association, and the ND Water Users Hall of Fame Award.
Originally from South Dakota, Norm now lives near Oakes, ND. He and his wife, Arlene, owned and operated a farm for the past 40 years. They now raise beef and Norm also does some consulting on high value crops. The Haaks have four children and seven grandchildren. Norman has been very active in his local community and church, serving on several boards.
Steve Metzger, Foster County
Steve Metzger, Carrington, was first appointed and later elected to the Garrison Diversion board of directors in 1983. He is a member of the Recreation Committee. Steve grew up in Cavalier County and is a graduate of Langdon High School and North Dakota State University, where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees. Over the past several years he has served on many boards including the Foster County Fair Board, the Carrington Park Board, the local chamber Agriculture committee, the Board of directors for the local medical facility, his local church board and other organizations. He is a long time member of the state and national Agricultural Educators Associations as well as the state and national Farm and Ranch Business Management Education Associations. Steve retired in 2015 after serving the Carrington area as a farm business management instructor for over 30 years. He continues to work part-time in Farm Business Management. Steve has been honored to receive the North Dakota State Friend of Extension Award, the Foster County Outstanding Agriculturist award, the Outstanding Service Award from ND Ag. Educators and most recently the North Dakota Water Wheel Award. He and his wife, Jane, have five children and eight grandchildren.
Nikki Boote, Griggs County
Nikki Boote was appointed by the Griggs County Commission, and later elected in 2016 to serve as the Griggs County director, where she is a member of the Public Relations Committee. Boote is a Dickinson State University graduate and currently works as the business manager for the Midkota School District. She is an engaged community member, and in addition to her position on Garrison Diversion’s board, she is active in the Economic Development Corporation and American Legion Auxiliary, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church’s board of directors, and a member of the North Dakota High School Rodeo Association and the ND Stockman’s Association, as well as a past board member for the Cooperstown Medical Center Foundation. Boote lives in Binford with her husband, Alan, and three children, Jade, Jory, and Jace. Together they enjoy watching Bison and Vikings football and rodeoing in the summer.
Richard Cayko, McKenzie County
As the first board member from McKenzie County, Richard Cayko joined the board of directors in 2003. Richard serves on Garrison Diversion’s Recreation Committee. He has an extensive agricultural background and serves as the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project district director and Chairman of the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project B.O.C. and is a former school board member. From 1992 to 2000, he was named among the top ten sugar beet producers.
Rick Anderson, McLean County
Rick Anderson has been a member of the board since 1986 and has acted as second vice chairman, vice chairman and chairman. He currently is a member of the Agriculture Committee. Originally from Neche, ND, Anderson graduated from NDSU in 1966 with a bachelor of science in agricultural economics and currently farms near Coleharbor. Agriculture has played a large part in Anderson’s life as he has held distinguished positions with the McLean County and North Dakota Farm Bureau, U.S. Durum Growers Association and many other agricultural organizations. Rick was a 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for the Upper Missouri Water Association. He also served on the Underwood school board, the McLean County ASCS County Committee, and South McLean Soil Conservation District. He and his wife, Charlotte, have two adult children.
Dave Anderson, Pierce County
Dave Anderson assumed his position on the board in 2011, representing Pierce County. Dave is a member of the Missouri River and Engineering & Operations Committees. He also serves as a board member for the All Season Water Users District and is on the Family Farm Alliance Advisory Board. He recently retired from an ag lending career in Rugby and fills time traveling and hobby farming. Dave is also a dedicated public servant, committing time to multiple community and church organizations. He resides in Rugby with his wife, Pam. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.
John Peyerl, Ramsey County
John has served on the board of directors since 1999 and is on the Garrison Diversion Engineering and Operations Committee. John Peyerl is a farmer and former school teacher from Penn. He received a major in mathematics and minors in chemistry and accounting; he has taught high school mathematics and science for 25 years. He’s served as the township supervisor for 35 years, served on the BTR Farmers Co-op board, and is a former member of Churchs Ferry-Penn Fire District board and is currently President of the Ramsey County Farm Bureau. Peyerl has received awards such as the Ramsey County Conservation Award and the ND Water Wheel Award. He and his wife, Diane, have six children and 20 grandchildren.
Kelly Klosterman, Richland County
Kelly Klosterman has been a board member since 2007 and currently serves on the Agriculture Committee. He farms near Mooreton. Kelly is also a member of the Richland County Soil Conservation District and ND State Soil Conservation Committee, and was recently appointed to serve on the Carrington Research & Extension Center Advisory Board. He and his wife, Mickie, have two children.
Jeff Breker, Sargent County
Jeff Breker, Havana, was elected to the board in 2008 and currently serves as a member of the Engineering & Operations Committee. Jeff has served his community for numerous years and being elected to Garrison Diversion’s board of directors is just another outlet for him to serve Sargent County citizens. Other areas Jeff has served include being the Tewaukon township supervisor since 1982. He has been a director on the Southeast Rural Water District since 1989. Jeff operates a farm, ranch and feedlot near Havana. He is married to Jody and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Jim Pellman, Sheridan County
Sheridan County voters elected Jim Pellman to serve as Garrison Diversion’s Sheridan County director, replacing Tim Schindler, who retired from the board in 2016. Jim holds a seat on the Agriculture Committee. He grew up in Mantador and attended school at NDSU, graduating with a B.A. in Ag Economics. For nearly 25 years, Jim worked as the vice president of the First National Bank in McClusky, while farming in his “spare” time. Since retiring from the bank, Jim enjoys farming full-time. He lives in McClusky with his wife, Candace. They have two boys who work on the family farm.
Brandon Krueger, Steele County
Brandon Krueger was appointed to Garrison Diversion’s Board of Directors by the Steele County Commission and began his service in 2015, where he currently serves on the Engineering & Operations Committee. Brandon attended NDSU and NDSCS, where he obtained degrees in agriculture, criminal justice, and psychology. After working as a Deputy Sheriff in Walsh County, he pursued a different career path, now owning and operating Innovation Ag, LLC, a seed and crop protection sales business. He is also an active member of the Steele County Park Board. Brandon resides in rural Hope with his wife, Tasha, and son Briggs.
Geneva Kaiser, Stutsman County
Geneva Kaiser began her service on the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District’s board of directors in 2015 after she was elected by Stutsman County constituents to serve on the board. She is a member of the Red River Valley Committee. Geneva attended Valley City State College where she studied office administration and accounting. She has worked for the Stutsman Rural Water District since 1989, and was promoted to General Manager in 2007. She has served two terms as the Managers Representative on the North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association Executive board and was the 2016 recipient of the NDRWSA Outstanding Water Works Employee Award. Geneva also serves on the Water and Waste Water Advisory Committee at Bismarck State College. She resides in Jamestown and has one daughter.
Bill Krivarchka, Traill County
Dr. Bill Krivarchka began his role as director in January 2003. Dr. Krivarchka has been a long-time member of the Recreation Committee. A native of Bowman, Dr. Krivarchka now lives in Mayville as a retired dentist and former president of the Goose River Dental Association. He serves on the Mayville Improvement Association and is past president of MPCG Dollars for Scholars. Dr. Krivarchka is also the Director of the Eastern ND Area Health Education Center (AHEC). He and his wife, Heidi, have four daughters.
Bill Ongstad, Wells County
Bill Ongstad, Harvey, was appointed as the Wells County director in 2008, and serves on the Missouri River and Public Relations Committees. He farms near Harvey. Bill belongs to many organizations and has held various offices including former president and current member of the US Durum Growers, vice chairman of board of directors for Farm Credit Services of ND, Wells County Better Seed & Grain Association and Advisory Committee Wells County Mentoring Partnership. He is also a 4-H leader and a past member of the Harvey school board and was the Fram Township treasurer. Bill and his wife, Anne, have four children.
Ward Koeser, Williams County
Ward Koeser is a director from one of the newest counties to join the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District; he began his service in 2003. Ward serves on the Public Relations Committee. Ward is General Manager of Kotana Communications, Inc. and was the mayor of Williston from 1994 to 2014. His water interests are not limited to Garrison Diversion as Ward also serves on the board of the Western Area Water Supply. His involvement with multiple additional boards and committees includes a position as a Board Trustee for Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Most recently, Ward was appointed to the North Dakota Ethics Commission by Governor Doug Burgum.
Ward has been presented with many awards, including the Army Commendation Medal in 1977. He and his wife, Joetta, have three children.